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Former NFL Star Protects Brand from Trademark Infringement

Key Facts

  • A three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro athlete
  • Client has successfully settled numerous trademark infringement lawsuits
  • “Lights Out” brand features successful activewear clothing line

The Situation

Former NFL star Shawne Merriman, who earned the nickname “Lights Out” during his football career, established himself as a successful businessman with the creation of his company, Lights Out Holdings, LLC. The athlete-turned-businessman relies on Mintz’s skilled counsel when it comes to defending his Lights Out Brand in various trademark infringement matters.

The Approach

Mintz has represented Shawne Merriman in all trademark issues pertaining to his “Lights Out” brand for almost a decade. We have successfully helped Shawne protect his “Lights Out” brand against all levels of accused infringers, including some of the largest sports apparel brands in the world. Over the years, we have sued these accused infringers for trademark infringement, false endorsement, and unfair competition, among other causes, in federal courts.

The Outcome

Mintz has repeatedly assisted Shawne Merriman in successfully protecting his “Lights Out” brand. With our sophisticated legal strategy, we have defended and maintained Shawne’s brand, allowing his company to grow into the successful and profitable business it is today. Shawne’s story serves as an example to all athletes hoping to establish unique brands and businesses in their lives after professional sports. 

Supporting Professionals

Andrew Skale, a Member in the firm’s Litigation Practice, represents Shawne Merriman in all matters relating to his “Lights Out” brand.