P&G SUING CUSTOMER, OTHERS ON TRADE DRESS INFRINGEMENT

CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble filed suit Sept. 7 against F&M Distributors, Warren, Mich., charging F&M with selling private-label products with designs that infringe on P&G brands, marking the first time such a prominent manufacturer has sued a retailer who is simultaneously its customer.The five brands P&G claims are being mimicked are: Pantene Pro-V and Head & Shoulders shampoos; Secret and Sure

CINCINNATI -- Procter & Gamble filed suit Sept. 7 against F&M Distributors, Warren, Mich., charging F&M with selling private-label products with designs that infringe on P&G brands, marking the first time such a prominent manufacturer has sued a retailer who is simultaneously its customer.

The five brands P&G claims are being mimicked are: Pantene Pro-V and Head & Shoulders shampoos; Secret and Sure antiperspirants and deodorants, and Noxzema cleansing cream.

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