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Nike Strikes Settlement with Shawne Merriman ... In 'Lights Out' War

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0211-shawn-merriman-nike-TMZ-01The battle over "Lights Out" is officially over ... with Nike and ex-NFL star Shawne Merriman striking a settlement agreement after Merriman had filed an $18 MILLION lawsuit against the company. 

Merriman -- who's nicknamed "Lights Out" and created his own Lights Out clothing brand years ago -- initially filed the suit back in 2014 ... claiming Nike violated his trademark by creating their own "Lights Out" clothing line. 

At the time, he demanded more than $18 million in damages. 

But now, the two sides have ended the legal battle -- filing a joint motion to dismiss the suit in a United States District Court. 

A rep for Merriman says the two sides are on good terms -- and issued the following statement:

"Nike and Shawne Merriman’s Lights Out Brand have amicably resolved their ongoing dispute, with the sportswear giant wishing Merriman’s Lights Out brand 'great success.'"

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