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Nike is suing the maker of Lil Nas X's blood shoe, alleging it has 'suffered significant harm'including complaints from customers who 'believe that Nike is endorsing satanism' (NKE)

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 30 Mar 2021

<p><img src="https://static3.businessinsider.com/image/60623dc5c9d73b00186e9097-2400/625A1517_.jpg" border="0" alt="Lil Nas X Satan shoes" data-mce-source="MSCHF"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Nike filed a lawsuit against Mschf over its "Satan Shoes," which were made in collaboration with the rapper Lil Nas X.</p><p>Nike accused Mschf of trademark infringement after it appeared to use the Air Max 97 shoe for inspiration for its Satan Shoes, which add red ink and a drop of human blood to the midsole. Mschf collaborated with Lil Nas X for the sneaker around the release of his song "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)."</p><p>The retail giant said Mschf's "unauthorized" Nike-inspired shoe confused consumers into thinking Nike had created the product. Nike also alleged Mschf's use of the company's trademarked "Swoosh" confused and misled consumers.</p><p>Nike said customers had called for a boycott of the company over Mschf's shoe. The basketball player Nick Young <a href="https://twitter.com/NickSwagyPYoung/status/1376137872609177602">tweeted</a> he debated wearing Nike after the announcement of the Satan Shoes.</p><p>"Nike files this lawsuit to maintain control of its brand, to protect its intellectual property, and to clear the confusion and dilution in the marketplace by setting the record straightNike has not and does not approve or authorize MSCHF's customized Satan Shoes," the suit said.</p><p>Mschf was not immediately available for comment.</p><p>Nike is requesting that Mschf pay for the cost of the suit and lawyer fees on top of damages, as it alleged it suffered harm to its reputation that "money cannot compensate."</p><p><em><strong>Read more: </strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/post/preview'post_id=605e0c215c20d05c1e287bb9&amp;mode=desktop" data-e2e-name="inline-read-more-link">2 former Nike execs have been tapped to turn underwear brand Tommy John into a billion-dollar companyand they're going all-in on product innovation and wholesale partnerships to get there</a></em></p><p>The company also alleged it had suffered "significant harm to its goodwill, including among consumers who believe that Nike is endorsing satanism." Nike asked the court to order Mschf to deliver all products that bear resemblance to Nike products for destruction.</p><p>The Satan Shoes sold out in under one minute, Mschf told Insider Monday morning. Mschf released 666 pairs for $1,018 each as a nod to the Bible verse <a href="https://biblehub.com/luke/10-18.htm" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="40" data-uri="1287946f909a4fadc48bf7a350eee687">Luke 10:18</a>, which says: "So He told them, 'I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.'"</p><p>Nike previously told <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/28/style/nike-satan-shoes-lil-Nas-x.html" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="80" data-uri="42eea1756e55030b4ee39084606817bf">The New York Times</a> the retailer had no involvement with the Mschf shoe. "We do not have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF. Nike did not design or release these shoes, and we do not endorse them," the company said in a statement to The Times<a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/28/style/nike-satan-shoes-lil-Nas-x.html" data-analytics-module="body_link" data-analytics-post-depth="80" data-uri="42eea1756e55030b4ee39084606817bf"></a>.</p><p>Mschf previously turned pairs of Nike Air Max 97s into <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/nike-jesus-sneakers-filled-with-holy-water-2019-10">Jesus-inspired sneakers</a> filled with holy water that came from the Jordan River and was blessed by a priest, The Independent reported. The retailer sold one pair of the "Jesus Shoes" for $3,000.</p><p>Lil Nas X responded to the news of the suit with a meme, much like how he'd been responding to criticism of the song's music video.</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">me after the nike lawsuit <a href="https://t.co/XVLjHlSrru">pic.twitter.com/XVLjHlSrru</a></p> nope(@LilNasX) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1376634754225815553'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 29, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/nike-lil-nas-x-satan-blood-shoe-mschf-lawsuit-2021-3#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/worlds-most-expensive-liquid-thoroughbred-horse-semen-2020-3">Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid</a></p>
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