Michael Jordan

  • Client: Michael Jordan
  • Date: 2002
  • Location: Illinois


Plaintiff accused our client Michael Jordan of infringing the plaintiff's registered trademark JORDAN®, by virtue of his association with Nike's JORDAN® brand line of clothing.

Schiff Hardin prevailed on summary judgment, successfully arguing that Mr. Jordan could not be liable for trademark based on his relationship to Nike, and that the doctrine of laches barred plaintiff's claims.

The Seventh Circuit agreed, and upheld the dismissal of all claims against Mr. Jordan and Nike.

Chattanoga Mfg., Inc. v. Michael Jordan and Nike, Inc., 301 F.3d 789 (7th Cir. 2002)