By  on August 3, 2007

The legal battles of the Gucci family and its namesake company continue. On July 30 Gucci America filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against a former family member for allegedly infringing on its trademarks. The lawsuit said Jennifer Gucci, the ex-wife of the deceased Paolo Gucci, who was part of the famous leather goods family, licensed her name to home textiles, bedding, bedding and bath accessories, window treatments and skin care and cosmetics. In June Veratex, the bedding manufacturer, rolled out a line of Jennifer Gucci home goods. Jennifer was married to Paolo from 1978 to 1991. She could not be reached for comment. The lawsuit names Jennifer Gucci, Jenco Designs, Jennicor, Veratex, Collezione di Casa, E.L. Erman-Dead Sea Cosmetics Corp., Louisville Bedding Company and Edward Litwak, who does business as Ed Litwak & Assoc., as defendants. Veratex did not return calls for comment by press time. The other defendants could not be reached. According to court documents Gucci alleged that Jennifer Gucci "attempted to capitalize on the popularity of the Gucci trademarks by licensing, attempting to license and/or permitting various companies to the infringing marks." The complaint goes on to say that Jennifer Gucci attempted to register trademarks containing her name several times over a period of years. Gucci has a long history of protecting its trademarked name. Paolo Gucci and Gucci were in court in the U.S. in the early Nineties over use of "Paolo Gucci" on designs. The Supreme Court ultimately decided in Gucci's favor after Paolo's death.

A Manhattan federal court granted Cartier, a division of Richemont North America Inc., and Cartier International a consent judgment in litigation against Sweepstakes Clearinghouse, a division of Allied Marketing. The parties reached an undisclosed settlement and filed the judgment on July 23. The original lawsuit was filed by Cartier over the alleged infringement of its Pasha de Cartier trade dress.

Franck Muller USA and Elini Designs Corp. and Elini BVBA reached a final consent judgment on July 20. According to court documents filed in Manhattan federal court, the parties reached an undisclosed settlement. Legal proceedings were initiated as a result of the alleged infringement of Franck Muller trademarks by Elini's New Yorker, Jumbo and Dolce watch lines.

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