Report: Martha Stewart, Emeril admit to selling counterfeit knives

Solingen knife company sues for trademark infringement

Published On: Dec 12 2012 01:28:23 PM EST
Martha Stewart at Clinton Global Initiative

Attorneys representing a trade association in Germany say Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Home Shopping Network have admitted to selling knives with counterfeit marks as trademark infringement lawsuit moves forward, according to a release.

The Chamber of Industry and Commerce Wuppertal – Solingen – Remscheid is suing Stewart, Lagasse and HSN after they say they sold knives with the trademark of Solingen online, TV infomercials and through phone sales. In the amended complaint, lawyers say the defendants have said they weren't authorized to use the Solingen mark and had no license to use the mark.

Solingen is known as the "City of Blades" and is known for its knives made by firms.

The lawsuit alleges that defendants have promoted, advertised, distributed, sold and offered for sale many different types and styles of cutlery sets and knife products bearing counterfeit and infringing marks that are identical to the Solingen mark, according to the release.

The release states Solingen is seeking approximately $24 million in damages.