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Sneaker wars heat up as designers face lawsuit

Nike accuses designers of breaching contracts, stealing trade secrets and making off with product designs

Star player Cristiano Ronaldo wearing the Mercury Superfly; Nike debuted the boots at a high-profile event in Madrid this spring.


THE massive heist from the world's biggest sportswear firm was, as Nike lawyers allege, an inside job.

Faking a broken laptop, one of the sneaker giant's top directors is said to have met secretly with an interloper to copy some of what a Nike lawsuit this week called

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