Kanye West sues Walmart over Yeezy Foam RNNR knockoffs, Walmart says third party Marketplace sellers
Walmart reportedly claims the foam was being sold by a third-party seller and that they had nothing to do with the knock-off.
Kanye West and Yeezy are suing Walmart over the Foam Runner rip-off
Kanye West has filed a lawsuit Thursday, (June 24) in California court in Los Angeles, claims the giant discounter has been selling fake versions of his bizarre-looking Foam Runner slides.
A rep for Walmart tells Billboard that the shoe is not sold by the retail chain, but by a third-party seller. "We take allegations like this seriously and are reviewing the claim," the rep said. "We will respond in court as appropriate after we have been served with the complaint."
In a statement, Walmart said “The product referenced in the complaint is not sold by Walmart, but rather by third party Marketplace sellers. We take allegations like this seriously and are reviewing the claim. We will respond in court as appropriate after we have been served with the complaint.”
The knockoffs on Walmart’s site, meanwhile, have been retailing for between $25 and $30, a pair. While Yeezy has sent Walmart legal warnings demanding that it yank the ripoff sneakers from its site, it has thus far failed to do so, according to the suit.
The outlet states that the lawsuit claims Walmart is confusing customers and potentially costing the Yeezy brand millions of dollars in sales. It’s said that West’s team reached out to Walmart in attempt to have the shoes removed, although the retailer has yet to comply. As of publishing, some of the product pages return “Oops! This item is unavailable or on backorder” errors, however many are still active.