Hitman, Herrera in Trademark Tussle

September 29, 2008

Tapout’s profile has seen a great increase this year, and it would be expected that the rising tide would lift all boats. One of their sister labels, Hitman Fight Gear, looks to be able to follow in their wake into the mainstream. One impediment from a possible move up, though, is a pending trademark infringement lawsuit filed against Hitman Fight Gear by former UFC fighter and fight promoter Paul Herrera.

The trademark infringement suit was filed earlier this summer and still looks to be unresolved:

Plaintiff: Paul Herrera
Defendant: Hitman Fight Gear, LLC, Daniel Diaz, Graphic Ink, Corp., Vinnie De La Torre and DOES 1 – 10

Case Number: 8:2008cv00709
Filed: June 25, 2008

Court: California Central District Court
Office: Southern Division – Santa Ana Office [ Court Info ]
County: Orange

Herrera heads a up a group called Hitman Fighting Productions that put on cards back in 2002, and have attempted to put on a few cards since then, most recently in 2006. HIs efforts in 2006 were shut down by CSAC

Paul Herrera, Hit Man Fighting Inc. an MMA promoter addressed the commission
regarding his September 30, 2006 event that was shut down by the commission
due to not enough rounds.

The basis of Herrera’s case seems to be the promotion pre-dating the apparel company. We’ll keep you up-to-date on the case as we find out more.

Attempts to contact Herrera have proven unsuccessful. MMAPayout.com contacted Hitman Fight Gear but the company issued no statements as of press time.

Disclaimer: MMAPayout.com makes no claims as to the validity or lack thereof of any claims made in the preceding lawsuit.

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