Trade Group Sues Martha Stewart, Emeril and HSN

Sep 13, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A German trade association has sued Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Home Shopping Network over Chinese-made kitchen knives, which the group alleges the U.S. stars are trying to pass off as having been made in Solingen, Germany, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The lawsuit was filed by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Wuppertal-Solingen-Rumscheid, which own the Solingen name, which the papers say is known as "the finest quality of Germany cutlery," the story notes.

According to court documents, the suit claims the defendants are selling counterfeit knives under the Emeril-Wusthof brand.

The knives "are marked with the signature trademark ‘Emerils,’ and ‘Solingen, Germany’ on one side of the blade, and on the other side they are marked ‘China,’" the suit states.

Stewart is named because her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, owns Emeril’s product line. The products are sold both on TV and online.

Calls seeking comment from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Lagasse and HSN weren’t immediately returned, the story says.

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