Sporting goods firm Nike has told just-style it intends to defend itself against a lawsuit filed by sportswear company Sportsfuzion related to a basketball merchandise deal.

This week's lawsuit, filed at the Norfolk Superior Court in Massachusetts, alleged Nike and the NBA Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame conspired to eliminate Sportsfuzion by manufacturing, marketing, and selling sportswear related to Michael Jordan's upcoming Hall of Fame induction.

Sportsfuzion said it had been exclusive licensee of the Basketball Hall of Fame's sportswear since 2005.

However, Nike said today (25 June): "Nike takes these matters very seriously and are currently reviewing the complaint that was filed by Sportsfuzion late Monday. We believe the complaint is without merit and we will defend ourselves vigorously."

Sportsfuzion is alleging "breach of contract, tortious interference with contract, fraud, and other counts for general and punitive damages" in the lawsuit.

Sportsfuzion says that Nike turned Sportsfuzion down for a product partnership in late 2007, before the Hall of Fame contacted Sportsfuzion to renegotiate its contract.

Nike is expected to release its Air Jordan Hall of Fame (HOF) Collection into the market this summer to mark Jordan's induction.