Surf Angel Clothing Company's Terry Kraszewski filed a lawsuit against Juicy Couture, Neiman Marcus Group Inc., Nordstrom Inc. and Bloomingdale's for alleged trademark infringement. According to court documents filed in San Diego federal court on July 30, Kraszewski claimed the plaintiffs sold clothes that said "surf angel" on them. Kraszewski asked the court to find that the defendants infringed on her existing Surf Angel trademark and that the trademark is valid and enforceable. The lawsuit also requested financial damages. The plaintiffs declined to comment on pending litigation.
Separately, Kraszewski filed a lawsuit, also on July 30 in federal court in San Diego, against Kmart Holding Corp. for infringing on the Surf Angel trademark. The lawsuit asked the court for damages and a finding that Kmart infringed on an existing, valid trademark. Kmart declined to comment on pending litigation.
Burberry Ltd. filed a lawsuit in New Jersey federal court against The Shoe Stop and Bharat B. Khullar on Aug. 7 for allegedly selling counterfeit Burberry merchandise. According to the complaint, The Shoe Stop sold wallets, handbags and watches that infringed on Burberry trademarks. The luxury goods company asked the court for preliminary and permanent injunctions and damages. The defendant could not be reached for comment by press time.
Yurman Design Inc. and Yurman Studio Inc. filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against James Gregory Register and Kathy Register in Manhattan federal court on Aug. 6. According to the complaint, the two individuals operate Web site Baubles & Jewels, which sold "unlawful copies of Yurman's copyrighted jewelry designs." Yurman asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction in addition to financial damages for the alleged infringement. Defendants could not be reached by press time.
Cartier Intl. and Panerai, a division of Richemont North America Inc., filed a lawsuit against Karmaloop, Karmaloop Boston and Gregory Selkoe in Manhattan federal court on Aug. 2. Cartier and Panerai alleged that Karmaloop infringed on the trade dress of the Panerai watches and company trademarks. The plaintiffs asked the court for an injunction and damages. Karmaloop could not be reached for comment.Nike Retail Systems reached a $7.6 million settlement July 30 in a class-action suit brought by African-American employees at its Chicago Niketown store. The initial lawsuit, filed in federal court in Chicago in December 2003, alleged that the company violated employees' civil rights by discriminating against and creating a hostile work environment for African-American employees at the Niketown Chicago store. Nike denied, and continues to deny, the allegations. According to court documents, "Nike categorically denies that it discriminated against employees on the basis of their race, harassed African-American employees, created a hostile work environment or has condoned any such conduct." The two parties reached a consent decree, in which there is no admission or court finding of liability on the part of Nike. Nike also agreed to provide equal employment opportunity training to supervisors and managers at Niketown Chicago on an annual basis during the term of the consent decree.
Diadora SpA and Diadora America filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Payless ShoeSource Inc. on July 27. According to court documents filed in federal court in Seattle, Diadora alleged that Payless sold a line called Champion Idol Athletic that infringed on its trademark. Diadora asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction against Payless, damages and the costs of the lawsuit. Payless did not return calls for comment.
A class-action lawsuit was filed against Finish Line Inc. in federal court in Sacramento, Calif., on July 24. According to court documents, Kris Daniels filed on behalf of himself and others to recover unpaid wages and overtime compensation. The lawsuit alleged that Finish Line did not pay employees mandated minimum wages and overtime pay. The lawsuit asked the court for compensatory and punitive damages, as well as trial costs. Finish Line did not return calls for comment.
Jibbitz LLC, the maker of snap-on products for Crocs shoes, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Relaxus Products Ltd., John Gideon, Idan Zait and other unnamed entities in Nevada federal court on July 30. According to court documents, Jibbitz alleged that it saw infringing shoe charms at the World Shoe Association Show in Las Vegas this year.
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews