Tim Tebow Jersey Lawsuit: Judge Grants Nike Temporary Restraining Order Against Reebok

A day after Nike filed suit against Reebok over the unauthorized manufacture and sale of Tim Tebow's Jets jerseys, a judge has granted Nike a temporary restraining order against its competitor. The order requires Reebok immediately to stop producing and selling the Jets-Tebow products. Someone might want to tell NFL.com (h/t PFT).

This is not a final ruling, but rather a temporary measure while the case is assessed on its merits. The order is issued pending a hearing on an injunction that would permanently halt Reebok's production of jerseys. The order is based off the information provided by Nike, which means Reebok still has an opportunity to respond to the allegations.

Given the licensing dates specified in the complaint, it should be a fairly straight-forward process. If Reebok did not have the proper permission from Tim Tebow or the NFL Players Association, it would not be allowed to manufacture these jerseys. It is unlikely Reebok will admit to any sort of purposeful wrongdoing given the kind of punitive damages it could face. However, Reebok could try to play it off as an innocent mistake due to some sort of confusion of dates.

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