Charlotte Russe Being Sued for $60m

We’re probably all familiar with William Rast, the fashion line co-created by Justin Timberlake.

Now that we’ve established that, here’s the meat of the matter.

People’s Liberation, Inc. (the company that designs and distributes high-end casual apparel under the brand names People’s Liberation, William Rast and J. Lindeberg) is suing Charlotte Russe (Charlotte Russe Merchandising, Inc.).

According to a release issued by People’s Liberation today, the suit seeks over $60 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages.

Why?

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Michael Kors Getting Sued!

Michael Kors is getting hit with a lawsuit for trademark infringement and “other causes of action.”

Sounds strange for an A-list designer, doesn’t it?

Anyhow, the party filing suit is Tony Duquette, Inc., which controls the  intellectual property rights associated with the late designer and artist Tony Duquette.

They allege that Kors infringed the Duquette proprietary name and trademark by producing and marketing a Kors Resort Collection using the name Duquette without permission.

The Duquette clan is also claiming that Kors used the Abrams book “Tony Duquette,” photographs, images and patterns from the book, and images of Duquette and his long time business associate and co-designer, Hutton Wilkinson, in advertising and promoting the Kors collection.

Damages and injunctive relief are sought.

No word on the amount yet. Stay tuned. 

Payless Getting Sued Again – This Time By AE

American Eagle Outfitters, Inc. today announced that it has won a preliminary injunction against Payless ShoeSource, Inc. in a trademark infringement and unfair competition lawsuit.

All that suing comes out of Payless use of the AMERICAN EAGLE mark for footwear and bags.

The ruling now requires Payless to adopt a clear disclaimer stating that AMERICAN EAGLE by Payless is not affiliated with AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS.

AEO contends that the discount shoe chain is deceiving consumers by portraying itself as the owner of “the youth fashion brand American Eagle®” and indicating that it is selling genuine AMERICAN EAGLE OUTFITTERS merchandise when in fact it is not.

Shame on you, Payless!