An Australian ugg boot maker faces bankruptcy after losing a bid to have his case heard in the US Supreme Court after he was sued by an American retail giant for selling the shoes online.
But his lawyers say they won’t give up.
Major footwear company Decker, which owns the UGG brand, sued Eddie Oygur and his company Australian Leather for selling a dozen ugg boots in the US.
The Sydney man was ordered to pay for damages in 2019 and lost his appeal earlier this year.
Camera IconThe US Supreme Court has rejected a petition to hear that case against Sydney Ugg boot maker Eddie Oygur. Toby Zerna Credit: News Corp Australia
Camera IconHe was sued by major footwear giant Deckers back in 2016. Coleman-Rayner Credit: Supplied
Nick Xenophon, who is part of Mr Oygur’s legal team, announced on Wednesday that the Supreme Court rejected the petition to hear the case.
Taking to social media, the former South Australian senator said his client now faced personal bankruptcy and his family business liquidation, needing to pay $3.4m in penalties and legal fees to Decker’s lawyers.
“This is a bizarre travesty of justice. Despite a strong case and very compelling support from the Australian government, the US Supreme Court treated this important case with disdain by not even giving it an opportunity to be argued in open court,” Mr Xenophon said.
“It seems the US Supreme Court has barely given any thought to a powerful submission by the Australian government on an issue in Australia's national interest.
“It may be the end of the road for Eddie in this case, but somehow we will all regroup and find another way to bring UGG back home. Eddie won’t be giving up and neither will his Aussie legal team.”
Camera IconNick Xenophon (right) said his client now faced personal bankruptcy and his family business liquidation. Credit: News Corp Australia
Mr Oygur said he was “devastated” by the decision.
“I didn't get a fair go from the US legal system – it is as simple as that,” he said.
“I deserved my day in court.”
The legal battle over the trademark began in 2016 when Deckers sued the Lidcombe ugg boot maker.
It was argued that the word “ugg” couldn’t be trademarked, but in 2019 a Chicago jury found that Mr Oygur had infringed Decker’s trademark.
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