Nike Denies Van Halen Theft

(Blabbermouth) A Nike spokesperson has dismissed as "without merit" Eddie Van Halen's lawsuit over an alleged design similarity between the axeman's iconic "Frankenstein" guitar and a new line of the sportswear company's sneakers.

"Based on the information provided to us, we have not infringed on any rights held by Mr. Van Halen," Nike said in a statement that was released to Footwear News. "Nike's Dunk shoe design is not substantially similar to any of the Van Halen designs, and Nike has not referenced the 'Van Halen' name or image as part of any marketing campaign or promotional material associated with the shoe."

Van Halen's company, ELVH Inc., filed a cause of action for copyright infringement Friday in Los Angeles Federal District Court against Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike. - more on this story

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