The Homer Laughlin China Co. in Hancock County is suing two companies for selling what it claims are cheap Chinese imitations of its popular and collectible Fiesta dinnerware to an unsuspecting public.
Published reports say the lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court in western Pennsylvania, where the products are being sold. It says Hanna's Candle Co. of Fayetteville, Ark., and The Bazaar Inc. of River Grove, Ill., are selling Chinese knockoffs of the famous American brand under the name Carnaval. Homer Laughlin says that's creating marketplace confusion and irreparable harm.
It alleges violations of a federal law that prohibits trademark infringement, and false advertising.
Newell-based Homer Laughlin is the nation's largest domestic dinnerware manufacturer.