COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Abercrombie & Fitch says its chain of Hollister stores owns the number 22.
The New Albany-based company has sued rival retailer American Eagle Outfitters, seeking to prevent it from using the number on its clothing.
The lawsuit filed in Columbus federal court asks a judge to order American Eagle to stop using 22 on its clothing and advertising, to destroy any clothes or ads that use the number and to give Hollister any profits from clothes already sold.
Abercrombie says Hollister owns the number 22 because it has appeared on the chain's clothing since the stores opened three years ago.
Hollister never registered a trademark on the number, but the company claims common-law rights to the trademark because the number is used on Hollister's merchandise, packaging and Web site.
Federal courts have ruled at least three times in four years that Abercrombie cannot prevent American Eagle from selling clothes that look like Abercombie's.
Hollister chain sues American Eagle over '22'
Published: Tue Aug 26, 2003 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:18 p.m.