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Furniture maker settles trademark case

June 17, 2016
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The Aeron chair. Courtesy Herman Miller

A furniture maker in the area has settled a trademark protection case with a retailer that it accused of unauthorized use.

Zeeland-based Herman Miller said this week that its case against Madison Seating and the company’s manager, Levi Cohen, has been settled and “all outstanding issues have been resolved.”

Herman Miller filed an enforcement action on Aug. 19, 2015 in the Northern District of Illinois against Madison Seating, accusing it of unauthorized use of its trademarks and improper marketing and sales of Herman Miller products, including the Aeron chair.

Madison Seating could not be reached for comment prior to publication.

The motion was filed to enforce a previous consent judgment between the company and Cohen.

Cohen previously owned LuxuryChair.com and had re-started his business under the name Madison Seating.

Herman Miller said that while companies and individuals are able to sell used Herman Miller furniture, they must clearly indicate the condition of the product.

Authorized Herman Miller dealers and retailers are required to be truthful and transparent in their advertisements to avoid confusion among consumers, the company said previously.

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