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Postby Danman » 10 Dec 2014, 12:39

The article below is from the ninemsn site, I thought I would put it up as we have had some un-official t-shirts and patches produced. Have your feelings been hurt by this???


Notorious bikie gang Hells Angels has called in the lawyers on retail distributors over claims members' feelings have been hurt by their logo being used on T-shirts.

Hells Angels Motorcycle Corporation in Australia has launched suits against five Aussie-based retailers and clothing distributors in the past year, the Courier Mail reports.

The latest case was filed last week against Team Moto, a Gold Coast seller of motorbike helmets.

Key to the Logan City-based gang's claim is the trademarked "death head" logo is for members only.

By non-members wearing items emblazed with the emblem it causes "anger, hurt feelings and personal distress" to gang members, the media outlet quotes court documents as saying.

“(Only) club members may purchase or have made … jackets, T-shirts, rings, belt buckles or tattoos,” the documents said.

In June, the bikie gang filed a claim against Victorian clothing distributor Eyegasm Brands after they sold “about 48” T-shirts bearing the phrase “My Boyfriend’s a Hells Angel” to Broadbeach store Igedo.

The back of the shirt reportedly depicted a pair of wings and were designed by US clothing brand Wildfox. The US division of the Hells Angels reportedly sued over the design in 2011.

The bikie gang has also settled two of its cases against Brisbane-based distributors.

Sunglasses company Liive Vision were also sued by the gang over claims it sold up to 1,676 pairs of three styles of sunglasses with “winged skull” logos which were sold at RipCurl in Darwin.

Retailer Ed Harry Menswear was another company sued for selling three styles of T-shirts with skulls on them at their Nerang store.

The settlements reportedly involved an apology, an agreement to stop selling products and an order for the products to be destroyed.

In 2009 the former owner of iconic clothing maker Mambo was forced to apologise to the gang over breaching trademark on a hooded top with a skull with wings.

All of the companies being sued by Hells Angels declined to comment when contacted by the Courier Mail.

The case against Team Moto returns to court in February.

Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/1 ... fqxSHCt.99
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