New Kids on the Block merchandiser sues bootleggers ahead of Friday concert in Denver

Black market T-shirt, hat and poster vendors beware: New Kids on the Block means business when they come to Denver to perform on Friday.

Live Nation Merchandise, which has a contract with the famous singing group, filed a civil lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver against anyone selling black market clothing and wares emblazoned with the name New Kids on the Block.

The company that sells clothing at rock concerts is asking the court to order the U.S. Marshal and local police to impound bootlegged concert merchandise sold near the Pepsi Center before and after the performance by New Kids on the Block Friday.

Live Nation has the exclusive right to sell tour books, T-shirts, jerseys, sweatshirts, hats, buttons and posters that embody the trademarks and logos of the New Kids on the Block including the trademark “NKOTB” for more than 30 years, the lawsuit says.

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Bootleggers are known to follow rock groups to concerts and sell “infringing merchandise” outside venues before and after concerts, the lawsuit filed by attorney Cara Burns of Laguna Niguel, Calif.

Although bootleggers sell clothing of the same general appearance, it is generally of inferior quality, and likely would injure the reputation of Live Nation, the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit is seeking financial damages and asking authorities to destroy bootlegged merchandise.