FASHION LAW: HARLEY-DAVIDSON AND MASS-RETAILER URBAN OUTFITTERS SETTLE LAWSUIT

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Contemporary mass retailer Urban Outfitters is frequently accused of mimicking other labels’ designs, and Harley-Davidson is its newest rival. Urban Outfitters has been accused of reselling the motorcycle company’s branded merchandise under its “Urban Renewal” label. In other words, Harley Davidson claimed items are sold without its permission, illustrating blatant violations of products branded with the Harley-Davidson marks. […]

FASHION LAW RE-CAP: KANYE WEST FACES A LAWSUIT OVER ILLEGAL SAMPLING OF SONG

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Kim and Kanye’s joyous honeymoon was rocked last July by news alleging that the recently married rapper had lifted a song from Robert Poindexter of the 70’s hit group The Persuaders illegally. This is not the first time the Atlanta-born rapper had been in hot water, and certainly not the first time he had been accused of illegally stealing songs. […]

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 […]

FASHION LAW: VIBRAM FIVEFINGERS SETTLES MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT

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Vibram, maker of the ever-popular minimalist running shoes, FiveFingers, has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit that alleged the company made false promises to customers who purchased the shoes. The company guaranteed consumers “improved foot health” as well as fewer foot injuries as compared to its competitors in the running shoe market such as Saucony or […]

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