The International Allied Printing Trades Association (IAPTA) attorney Peter Leff filed suit in Federal Court on April 11, 2012 against MADCO Printing of St. Louis, MO alleging the company has “been affixing, applying, annexing or reproducing the Allied Label onto goods that it has been producing, knowing that it did not have permission from the IAPTA or a valid IAPTA License to do so.”
The suit was filed after Matt Laufketter, owner of the Ink Spot, an Allied shop in St. Louis, MO, found out that his company’s label may have been fraudulently used by MADCO Printing. Laufketter took his suspicions to John Ebeling who heads the St. Louis Allied Printing Trades Council as well as the PPMWS unit within CWA St. Louis Local 6300. Ebeling passed the case on to IAPTA.
In his court filing Leff claims MADCO’s actions have “caused and are causing grievous and irreparable injury to the IAPTA and its members, damage to the trade and craft reputation of the IAPTA and its members, and weakening of the distinctive quality of the said IAPTA mark, all of which is impossible to precisely compute.” In all there are seven counts filed against the company.
The Allied is asking that MADCO be enjoined and restrained from using the Allied Label and that the company notify, in writing, any customers “on whose printed products it has used the Label.” IAPTA is seeking the court to order MADCO to report any profits to the Allied and upon reporting pay to IAPTA “three times such profits, or such other damages as are found by the Court to be just, as set forth.”
MADCO’s answer to the court filing has been to claim lack of “knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the truth of the allegations” and “therefore, denies each allegation.”
At this time no court date has been set.