Addleshaws wins adidas competition case

Adidas has won its High Court challenge against the dress rules of the International Tennis Federation, and will be allowed to include its 3-stripes design on tennis clothing at Grand Slam tournaments.

Addleshaw Goddard partners Michele Boote and Guy Leigh advised Adidas, instructing Peter Roth QC and Julian Gregory at Monckton Chambers and Kelyn Bacon at Brick Court.

Adidas wanted an injunction against the rules, claiming that they infringe European competition laws. The rules allow for a logo of four square inches on players’ clothing which could exclude Adidas’s 3-stripes.

The Vice-Chancellor Lord Justice Morrit ruled: “The defendants have in the past and… will in the future discriminate against adidas by failing to apply their dress codes to other manufacturers’ specifications.”

“The only effective remedy for Adidas is to grant the injunction it seeks,” added Vice-Chancellor Morrit.

Adidas levelled its charges against the International Tennis Federation and also the organisers of the four grand slam tournaments, the Lawn Tennis Association, the All-England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Tennis Australia, the Fédération Français de Tennis and the US Tennis Association.

Jamie Singer, partner at sports boutique Onside Law, scooped a role advising the Fédération Français de Tennis, organisers of the Roland Garros tournament.

Romano Subbiotto and Fouzia Javaid at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised the organisers of Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom partner Jeff Mishkin advised the US Tennis Association.

The ITF brought in Hammonds lawyers Alasdair Bell and Stephen Sampson.

Counsel for the six defendants included Charles Hollander QC at Brick Court, Rhodri Thompson QC at Matrix Chambers, Richard Spearman QC at 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square and Adam Lewis at Blackstone.