As much as Walmart has in its stores, the retailer’s online site even has Following variety, including thousands of listings for products that aren’t actually sold in your local store. But there is one item you won’t find on Walmart’s website anymore. The company withdrew a popular article after being threatened with legal action by a very famous celebrity. Read on to find out which product you can no longer buy from Walmart online.
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that of Kanye West Popular brand Yeezy makes a pair of shoes called Foam Runners that have become popular items (pictured here) and now a fake pair that was sold on Walmart’s website through a third-party seller has been pulled.
“Oops! This item is not available or out of stock,” now reads the error page that replaced the listing. According to TMZ, Walmart removed the fakes from its online store on June 25. Better life has contacted Walmart for more information on its decision to remove the shoes, but has yet to receive a response.
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Walmart withdrew the shoes (the list of which is pictured here, via TMZ) after West filed a lawsuit against the retailer. According to Business Insider, West sued Walmart on June 24, alleging that Walmart took advantage of its name by selling shoes that seem “virtually indistinguishable” from Yeezy Foam Runners.
The outlet reported that the Yeezy brand initially contacted Walmart on June 23 to remove the ads from its website, but by the time of its June 24 court filing date, the retailer had not done so.
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The lawsuit asked Walmart to remove the shoes, but also asked for compensation, as West claims his billionaire brand suffered “hundreds of millions of dollars” in damage from the counterfeits, according to the lawsuit.
West’s original slip-on foam sneakers launched in 2019 for $ 75 and sold out quickly. They are therefore now resold at up to three times their original price, reports Business Insider. The counterfeit shoes listed on the Walmart site were sold for only around $ 20 to $ 30.
This retrial comes just months after another legal battle between Walmart and West. Walmart filed a notice of objection in April with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office challenging a trademark logo application filed by Yeezy. The retailer said that West’s proposed 2020 logo design for its clothing brand looks too much like its own logo, which Walmart has been using since 2007. Both logos look like suns, with Walmart featuring thick, continuous lines and the proposed logo. by Yeezy including dotted lines instead.
“Walmart believes that the logo design depicted in the Yeezy app is confusingly similar to Walmart’s well-known Spark logo design,” the company said in a letter, which was provided to CNN.
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