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Connecticut sporting goods store sues Cincinnati 'Shark Tank' company

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Posted at 12:45 PM, May 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-08 14:38:52-04

STONINGTON, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut sporting goods distributor has filed a lawsuit against a company featured on the reality TV show "Shark Tank" and funded by investor Mark Cuban.

Mark Ferrara owns Anthem Sports and says that his line of personal enclosures, meant to protect spectators at sporting events, are not infringements on the ones made by Cincinnati-based Under the Weather.

The Day reports Ferrara is seeking to bar Under the Weather representatives, including owner Eric Pescovitz, from using social media to criticize Anthem's products as imitations.

Pescovitz has declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Ferrara says he designed his own version of a personal enclosure after Pescovitz's enclosures became too expensive to distribute. Ferrara says he worked with a patent attorney to legally create his own version.

Pescovitz invented Under the Weather's "sports pod" in 2010 after sitting on the sidelines of his children's sports events in bad weather, according to the company. Their episode of "Shark Tank" aired last month and featured investor Mark Cuban offering $600,000 for a 15 percent stake in the Linwood-based company.