Law School Launches Program to Serve LA's Booming Fashion Industry
Because someone has to do the paperwork behind all that creativity, Los Angeles will soon boast its very own breeding ground for fashion-focused lawyers.
Tyra Banks Uses 11-Page IMDB Profile as Exhibit A in Wig Lawsuit
Tyra Banks is seeking an injunction that will ban several wig companies from using her image to sell products, as well as a whopping $10 million in damages--and she's using her IMDB profile to do it.
Rihanna Wins Suit Against Topshop
Looking to buy a shirt bearing Rihanna's likeness? You'll have to shop her fan site from now on. Just over two months after filing a $5 million suit in the U.K. against high street giant Topshop for selling a tank top with her unauthorized photo on it, the popstar has come out the victor.
Confirmed: Balenciaga Suing Nicolas Ghesquière
Rumors were circulating Tuesday, based on a report in French business magazine Challenges, that Balenciaga was suing its former creative director Nicolas Ghesquière over negative comments he made about the company in an interview with new magazine System. Turns out the rumors were true.
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Gucci Prolongs Legal Battle Against Guess in a Bid to Protect 'Made in Italy'
Nope, the Gucci vs. Guess battle still isn't over.
LVMH May Have to Pay $13 Million Fine to Settle Hermès Case
The final verdict is not yet in on whether or not LVMH came into its 22.6% Hermès stake using secretive, illegal methods in an attempt to take over the competing French luxury brand. However, AMF, the French market authority that has been investigating the case, has proposed its recommended sentence.
Prosecutor Demands Two-Year Jail Sentence for Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana
We still don't know what the fates of Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will be following their tax evasion trial in Milan. But if the prosecutor gets his way, the trial will end in jail time for all involved, WWD is reporting.
UN Backs Woman Suing Prada for Sexual Harassment
Former Prada employee Rina Bovrisse's four-year-long legal battle with Prada Japan over alleged sexual harassment and discrimination has come back into the news recently, when Prada countersued Bovrisse for damaging its image, and a Change.org petition was launched to persuade Prada to drop the countersuit. Now, the United Nations has weighed in.
In the Battle of Gucci Vs. Guess, Italian Courts Side with Guess and Cancel Gucci Trademarks
Gucci may have won round one of its trademark case against Guess over a diamond-patterned G logo that bore a striking resemblance to a Gucci pattern; but round two has gone to Guess.
Law Proposing Jail Time for Purchasing Counterfeit Designer Goods Could Still Pass
If at first you don't succeed... A bill proposing jail time or a stiff fine for purchasing counterfeit goods originally proposed in 2011 is getting a new push by New York councilwoman Margaret Chin.
John Galliano's Case Against Dior Heads to Appeals Court
Expect the John Galliano vs. Dior labor dispute case to drag on for quite a while. In the latest development, the suit is moving to a French appeals court because the two sides are still splitting hairs over whether the case should be heard in a labor court, or a commercial court. That's right--there's yet to be a single argument heard.
Kardashian-Fronted Makeup Line Khroma Served with Injunction
The Kardashian sisters may need to put their well-coiffed heads together and come up with a new name for their recently launched cosmetics range, Khroma. Following a lawsuit filed in January, a judge just ruled that the brand can't use the name because it is too similar to another cosmetics brand, Kroma (no 'H').
$511 Million Worth of Counterfeit Handbags and Wallets Was Seized in 2012
Though the legal system is starting to make waves in preventing the production of counterfeit designer goods, it definitely has a ways to go. In Los Angeles last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags totaling $14.1 million in value.
John Galliano Reportedly Attends Court Hearing in $18 Million Lawsuit Against Dior
Not only is John Galliano supposedly plotting his comeback (with the support of Oscar de la Renta and Dolce & Gabbana, no less), but he may also be seeking damages from his former employer.
Macy's, Amazon, Sears Fined Over $1 Million for Labeling Rayon Products as Bamboo
Macy's, Amazon, Sears, and Leon Max, were doing their part to save the planet when, a few years ago, they made an effort to sell products labeled as being made with more eco-friendly bamboo textiles--except that, as far as the Federal Trade Commission is concerned, they weren't made of bamboo at all. They were made of rayon.
Update: Dov Charney is Being Sued for 'Choking' an American Apparel Employee
Dov Charney is headed back to court--this time for allegedly choking a store employee and rubbing his face in dirt, the LA Times is reporting.
Tory Burch Accuses Chris Burch of Withholding Documents Which Prove He Knocked Off Her Brand
It's been a few weeks since we tuned into the ongoing legal battle between Chris and Tory Burch, but that doesn't mean it's all blown over. Quite the contrary--the list of accusations in the case is only growing longer.
UPDATED: Christian Louboutin Wins Red Sole Trademark Battle Over YSL... Sort Of
Christian Louboutin has a reason to celebrate just in time for Fashion Week--and not just because his namesake shoes will undoubtedly be flooding th
UPDATED: Hermès Is Suing LVMH for ‘Insider Trading’
The legal battle between Hermès and its unwelcome investor, LVMH, is getting uglier. Hermès is suing LVMH for "insider trading and manipulating stock prices," according to WWD.
Kim Kardashian Settles Lawsuit with Old Navy Over Look-alike Model
Last July Kim Kardashian's lawyers filed a suit against Old Navy for using a model in ads, named Melissa Molinaro, who looked an awful lot like Kimmy