P&G SUES EVRON OVER PACKAGING

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CINCINNATI-Procter & Gamble Co. is suing Evron Industries in U.S. District Court in Toledo, Ohio, to stop the Chicago-based haircare company from selling products in packages that P&G contends infringe on the design of Pantene Pro-V shampoo and conditioner and Head & Shoulders shampoo.

P&G is seeking removal of the product from store shelves and monetary compensation for damages. P&G this year has filed five similar package-design infringement suits against other haircare companies.

Suits against Dep Corp. and Benjamin Ansehl were settled in P&G's favor this spring; both agreed to change their package designs to distinguish them from the Head & Shoulders brand.

Two judgments were entered against companies owned by L.D. Hardas, preventing them from further infringing the Head & Shoulders and Pert Plus brands.

But P&G has filed an application for a contempt order against Hardas for failing to comply.

A suit against Russ Kalvin Hair Care Co. is still pending.

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