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Former Terp Merriman suing Nike over “Lights Out” issue

Posted on 14 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Nike LIGHTS OUT Football Jersey

San Diego, CA: Former San Diego Chargers player Shawne Merriman today took athletic equipment giant Nike to court in San Diego alleging unfair competition and trademark infringement of his LIGHTS OUT® brand which has been synonymous with Merriman his entire career.  The suit was filed by his company, Lights Out Holdings, LLC in California Federal Court and demands immediate injunctive relief to stop Nike’s actions, and millions of dollars of damages including “statutory damages of up to $2 million per content mark per type of goods or services sold, offered for sale or distribution . . .” as noted in the complaint.

“I earned my ‘Lights Out’ nickname in high school when I knocked out four opposing players in one football game,” said Merriman.  “I made things official by securing the federal rights to my LIGHTS OUT trademark and have been using it ever since.  I am suing Nike as a last resort, not only to protect my brand, but to protect other athletes who are trying to develop a brand after their professional career, like myself.

The LIGHS OUT trademark registration covers a broad range of apparel: “clothing for men, women and children, mainly, bottoms, boxer shorts, caps, hats, headwear, nightwear, shirts, shorts, sleepwear, sweatshirts, tank tops, tops, t-shirts, underwear.”  Because Merriman’s company has had rights in the LIGHTS OUT mark for so long, the trademark has been deemed incontestable by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

In late 2006 or 2007, according to the lawsuit, Nike entered into negotiations with Merriman for a LIGHTS OUT line of apparel.  Negotiations between Merriman and Nike were unsuccessful but, according to the complaint, “after these discussions Nike decided to use the LIGHTS OUT clothing brand anyway.

The suit demands a preliminary and permanent injunction from trademark infringement and related unfair business practices by Nike in addition to a damages amount to be determined at trial, disgorgement of Nike’s profits and treble damages for willful infringement.

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Former Terp Merriman to hold annual coat drive Saturday at BC game

Posted on 20 November 2013 by WNST Staff

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – NFL All-Pro and former Maryland standout Shawne Merriman will hold his annual Coat Drive on Saturday, Nov. 23, prior to the Terps game against Boston College at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. EDT.

Over the past 11 years, Merriman and his Lights On Foundation have collected over 20,000 coats to benefit numerous communities in the DMV area. Collection will begin 90 minutes prior to the start of the game at the South Gate entrance of the stadium.

Merriman has partnered with the Maryland athletics department, University Relations and DOTS (Department of Transportation Services) and will be joined by Maryland student-athletes to collect gently-used coats, hats, scarves and other cold weather clothing at all entrances of Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.

“We hope everyone coming out for the Terps last ACC home game can bring warm clothing to be donated and distributed to local shelters,” Merriman said. “This cause means a lot to me as I was the victim of two house fires as a child and was left homeless as a result. I am extremely grateful to the university and those that have helped to facilitate this coat drive over the years to further the Lights On Foundation mission.”

Merriman enjoyed a distinguished career at the University of Maryland, where he was tabbed a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection after his junior season. He totaled 189 tackles, 22 sacks and 32.5 tackles for a loss in 39 career games with 17 starts. Originally selected in the first round (12th overall) in the 2005 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, Merriman was a three-time All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection with San Diego prior to joining the Buffalo Bills in 20101. In his eight NFL seasons, Merriman notched 45.5 sacks in 75 career games (59 starts).

A native of Washington, D.C., Merriman was honored as the Associated Press Maryland Defensive Player of the Year as a senior out of Frederick Douglas High School in Upper Marlboro.

Merriman’s Lights On Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for youth and to help the homeless. He donates time, money and other resources throughout the country by increasing opportunities for children to lead healthy and fulfilling lives through his foundation. By building corporate partnerships within the community, Merriman is able to provide financial assistance to projects focusing primarily on helping the homeless and children in need.

– Maryland –

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Lights Out

Posted on 22 August 2012 by Brett Dickinson

After their second preseason game, the Bills have released former All-Pro Linebacker, Shawne Merriman. Merriman, who once referred to himself as “Lights Out,” has seen the lights dim on his once promising career. After playing only 8 games for Buffalo in the last two seasons, the risk-reward factor has all but disappeared.

With Terrell Suggs on the shelf for the foreseeable future, thoughts of adding a pass rusher have circled the Owings Mills. The people of Baltimore are now thinking that the idea of bringing Merriman to the Ravens is a smart business decision; I am not one of them. Though Merriman has ties to the area, being an University of Maryland alum, he is not worth the effort the organization would have to expend to bring him back home.

The three-time Pro-Bowler has been cut from two teams in the last 3 seasons; first by the Chargers who released him during the 2010 season, then Buffalo, who picked Merriman up off waivers. As someone just entering their prime, at 28-years-old, there is a reason as to why he cannot find a permanent home while playing a premium position. Though his injury history plays a part, there are bigger issues that have come about in Merriman’s unfortunate career.

After a 4-game suspension for the use of steroids in 2006, Merriman would drastically hamper a team if he were to test positive again. With his recent debacles, Merriman may be more inclined to jump start his career and return to former glories.  And having a record off the field doesn’t help matters; the famous 2009 “Tila Tequila assault” is not the kind of publicity that will be welcomed on a roster full of veterans who have their eyes on the ultimate goal.

So when considering Merriman, I hope that Ozzie leaves the lights off.

Shawne Merriman

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