TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — News broke this week that the State of Michigan is bringing a lawsuit against the popular M22 apparel company.
The state, according to an MLive report, alleges that M22 broke the law at both state and federal levels when it trademarked the highway symbol for commercial use.
The highway symbol is in the public domain, along with all other Michigan road signs, and according to state Attorney General Bill Schuette, “No entity can lawfully claim exclusive control over use” of such material.
Attorney John Di Giacomo from Traverse City is representing M22’s co-founders, Matt and Keegan Myers, and has said that the re-filing of the lawsuit by the state is “pretty desperate.” Previously, the state has filed three motions against M22 and has lost all of them.
The lawsuit is now with the U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.