July 2014 archive

Fashion Law: Yoko Ono Settles Copyright Lawsuit

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Singer-songwriter, artist, and peace activist Yoko Ono created a special-edition fashion line of menswear for Opening Ceremony back in 2012. It received quite the backlash from Brooklyn-based designer who filed a copyright lawsuit against Yoko. Stylist Haleh Nematzadeh sued John Lennon’s widow, last year for her wacky-fetish-inspired line, resembling a lot like her S/S 2013 […]

FASHION LAW: LOUIS VUITTON EX-VP IN HOT WATER OVER COACH CASE

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Former executive and VP of Canada and Bermuda for Louis Vuitton, Joon Ma, was recently accused of stealing trade secrets and deleting files before jumping on board with one of the high-end designer’s competitors, Coach. Ma, who worked at Louis Vuitton since 2008, violated a breach of contract, specifically disobeying a noncompete clause which stated […]

FASHION LAW: CHANEL SUES THE DIAMOND DISTRICT

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Esteemed French fashion house, Chanel, Inc., filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York, against New Diamond District, Inc. for trademark and counterfeiting, dilution, false advertisement, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices. The New Diamond District boasted on having an extensive selection of Chanel dials, and proposed “100% authenticity” upon each watch. […]

FASHION LAW: HERMÈS SUES BIRKIN BAG PLAGIARERS

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Image courtesy of Billdiodato The Hermès Birkin bag is acknowledged as one of the most expensive bags within the industry, which makes it a target for relentless imitators. The Hermès Birkin bag is a product made notorious due to its fine leather artisanship and exposure via press coverage, fashion editorials, and of course, HBO’s Sex and the City. The […]

FASHION LAW: TIFFANY & CO. RECEIVES BACKLASH OVER ALLEGED RACIAL BIAS

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Luxury jewelry retailer, Tiffany & Co., has made headlines again, this time not involving a former employer accused of theft, but a current employer claiming the company wants to get rid of him due to his racial background. Michael McClure, a group director for Tiffany & Co., filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court challenging Tiffany’s “systemic, nationwide […]