Sports lifestyle company Lacoste has sued three firms for ripping off its crocodile logo.

According to state media, Lacoste allegedly took two garment factories and a department store to court in Beijing for violating its registered trademark rights in China within manufacturing and retail.

The company is said to have demanded a sum of CNY1m (US$123,000) from the three firms: The Guangzhou Tai'e Garment Company in South China's Guangdong Province, the Beijing Nianniangao Garment & Accessories Company and the Beijing Chengxiang Department Store.

Tai'e Garment is accused of making clothing under its own trademark Jin'e but featuring the Lacoste logo. Meanwhile, Beijing Nianniangao is said to have opened a shop within the Beijing Chengxiang Department Store which sold the garmemts in question.

The cases follow two other lawsuits proposed by Lacoste against the Scitech Plaza and the trademark appraisal committee of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, which are currently being heard.

A spokesperson for Lacoste could not immediately be contacted by just-style.