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Shawne Merriman sues teddy bear company

SAN DIEGO -- Former San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman filed a lawsuit in district court this week against The Vermont Teddy Bear Company, according to a Forbes report.

Merriman’s suit alleges trademark infringement and unfair competition by the teddy bear company. According to the lawsuit, Merriman claims the teddy bear manufacturer infringed on his trademark “Lights Out” brand, a federally held trademark owned by Lights Out Holdings that he developed during his time with the Chargers.

The suit alleges the teddy bear company has used Merriman’s “Lights Out” federally registered trademark on some of its products, including this 4.5-foot teddy bear, along with adult and kids’ sleepwear.

Merriman's complaint seeks that the teddy bear company cease and desist the use of the “Lights Out” trademark, and asks for statutory damages of up to $2 million for the infringement of his registered mark.

Selected No. 12 in the first round of the 2005 draft by the Chargers, the 31-year-old Merriman played eight seasons in the NFL, totaling 45.5 sacks.