On August 21, 2014, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (“Shaw”), a Georgia corporation, and Columbia Insurance Company (“Columbia”), a Nebraska corporation, brought a trademark infringement action against Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Inc. (“Carlisle”), a Delaware corporation, in the Northern District of Georgia. The complaint asserts claims for trademark infringement, unfair competition, deceptive trade practices, cybersquatting (for the domain www.epicwoodfloors.com), and trademark dilution. The complaint discloses that Shaw and Columbia are commonly owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., and have common interest in the issues presented.
Shaw’s use of EPIC on its website is pictured below:
The case is Shaw Industries Group, Inc., and Columbia Insurance Company v. Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Inc., No. 4:14-cv-00216-HLM, filed 08/21/14 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Rome Division, and assigned to U.S. District Judge Harold L. Murphy.