Pimp sues Nike for not labeling shoes ‘dangerous’
PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon pimp is suing Nike for $100 million, saying the company failed to provide warning labels that their shoes can be used as dangerous weapons.
The Oregonian reported that Sirgiorgio Sanford Clardy, 26, of Portland, was convicted last year of stomping on the face of a man who refused to pay his prostitute.
Clardy used Air Jordans to stomp on the man, who required stitches and underwent plastic surgery after the attack. Clardy was also convicted of beating the 18-year-old prostitute so badly her ears bled.
The attack happened in 2012 as the victim was leaving a hotel. Because Clardy was wearing Nike shoes as he stomped on the victim, he believes Nike should be held accountable.
Clardy was found guilty of second-degree assault by a jury in early 2013 and was sentenced to 100 years in prison.
Clardy is representing himself and wrote a three-page complaint from the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, where he is currently serving time.
“Under product liability there is a certain standard of care that is required to be up-held by potentially dangerous product …” wrote Clardy. “Do (sic) to the fact that these defendants named in this Tort claim failed to warn of risk or to provide an adequate warning or instruction it has caused personal injury in the likes of mental suffering.”
Clardy’s complaint asks Nike be required to include warning labels for all “potentially dangerous Nike and Jordan merchandise.”
His 2013 conviction was reported his 20th. He was also arrested in 2012 as part of a sex trafficking ring operation, according to KATU.
Read more: The Oregonian