So, the University of Alabama, Major League Baseball, the University of Oklahoma, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League and the Collegiate Licensing Company walk into court --
It's not the beginning of a joke. It's an actual lawsuit. On October 7, the MLB, NBA, NHL and colleges everywhere teamed up in the Northern District of Illinois to shutdown websites selling allegedly counterfeit goods.
And the leagues and colleges moved fast, because on October 9, they had a hearing, where the court ordered:
Plaintiffs' Ex Parte motion for entry of a (1) Temporary Restraining Order, (2) Domain Name transfer Order, (3) Asset Restraining Order, (4) expedited discovery order, and (5) service of process by mail and electronic publication order 6 granted....Plaintiffs shall deposit with the Court Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000,00) as security. The Temporary Restraining Order shall remain in effect for (14) fourteen days.
Legal translation: The plaintiffs filed a motion for a temporary restraining order to shut down the sales of allegedly infringing goods while the lawsuit is ongoing. It looks like they won, and the allegedly infringing websites are restrained for 14 days. And all the plaintiffs need to do is post a $10,000 bond.
So, who are the websites being sued?
Well, that's "under seal," so, we don't know who they are. Which seems silly. Courts are supposed to be open to the public. Sure, some "trade secrets" should be afforded protections from public disclosure, but the identity of the companies selling allegedly fake goods?
Obviously, if we don't know who the defendants are, we also don't know their positions. So, we're just going to have to wait and see what happens on this one.
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