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Firm client, the Homer Laughlin China Co., a West Virginia-based manufacturer of dinnerware, filed suit Monday, claiming that it is suffering “irreparable injury” from two out-of-state companies which it alleges are selling counterfeit Fiesta dinnerware to the public.

Charles B. Gibbons, a shareholder in the Litigation Section of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Pittsburgh office, represents Homer Laughlin China Co. and explained to several media outlets including WPXI, Pittsburgh Tribune Review and The Review, the reasons for the suit. “People are going to think that they're getting a Homer Laughlin product when, in fact, they're getting a cheap Chinese knockoff,” said Gibbons.

The lawsuit asks for money damages in the amount of the companies’ profits and gains from selling Carnaval dinnerware, as well as for the customers to be contacted and made aware that the dinnerware does not represent Homer Laughlin. 

Read the full article - "West Virginia dinnerware maker sues firms selling Chinese products" (Pittsburgh Tribune Review, May 6, 2013) 

Read the full article - "Homer Laughlin files lawsuit against copycat companies" (The Review, May 7, 2013)