LOS ANGELES (CN) – The maker of a hair-straightening brush bearing Paris Hilton’s name wants $5.3 million, saying it was unfairly banned from selling 12,500 of its products.
Stitch N’ Genius says it created the Rolling Styler, and hammered out a deal with Hairtech International to sell the devices bearing Hilton’s likeness.
Hairtech, however, sold the products for less than the agreed-upon $40 apiece, then manipulated Stitch N’ Genius into shipping the rotating curling iron-and-brush gadgets to Los Angeles at its own cost, according to the complaint in Superior Court.
Stitch N’ Genius says a container of 12,500 of the brushes was delivered on credit, but Hairtech failed to pick them up at the port of Los Angeles, knowing that they would be auctioned off if Stitch N’ Genius didn’t agree to pay for them.
The delay caused Stitch N’ Genius to lose out on potential buyers, and left it stuck with the unsold products, the lawsuit states.
Stitch N’ Genius says it then indicated that it would sell the products itself, but defendants demanded that the company could not sell the product because it carried the Paris Hilton’s name.
Stitch N’ Genius wants $5.3 million in compensatory damages, and a court order allowing it to sell the Rolling Styler.
Stitch N’ Genius is represented by Christopher Brainard.