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Converse sues 31 firms over its iconic sneaker

The Chuck made its debut on US basketball courts in 1917. Converse says it has sold one billion pairs of the shoe worldwide.

New York

WORN by millions all over the world, the Converse sneaker is a slice of Americana beloved by everyone from British public school boys to rap stars, from aged rockers to athletes.

But popularity has a dark side.

Converse Inc is complaining that more than two dozen