By  on June 25, 2007

Cartier, a division of Richemont North America, was awarded a final judgment on consent in a trademark lawsuit against Citra Trading Corporation in Manhattan federal court. According to court documents filed on June 15, Cartier and Citra reached a settlement agreement. Initially, Cartier alleged that Citra had infringed on its “screw head bracelet” design. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Aedes de Venustas filed a lawsuit against Venustas International in Manhattan federal court for allegedly infringing on its trade name and trademark. Aedes de Venustas is a specialty retailer of fragrance, bath and body products. Venustas International is a company run by Robin Burns, who was recently tapped to develop a beauty collection for Ann Taylor Stores. Burns was not specifically named as a defendant in the lawsuit. According to court documents filed in late May, Aedes de Venustas said that, following articles about Burns and Venustas International’s partnership with Ann Taylor, it “received numerous telephone calls from people in the fashion and beauty field congratulating the Plaintiff on or asking about its new contract with Ann Taylor.” The company also received invoices intended for Venustas International. Aedes de Venustas said the calls and mail are evidence of actual confusion regarding the two company names. Aedes de Venustas asked the court for preliminary and permanent injunctions, damages and trial costs. Neither Venustas International nor Ann Taylor returned calls for comment by press time.

Chanel filed a lawsuit against Lori Dawn Langdon, who does business as Boca Bags, in federal court in the Southern District of Florida for alleged trademark infringement. According to court documents filed on June 13, Chanel charged that the defendants sold handbags, wallets and sunglasses that it alleged are counterfeits bearing copies of its trademarks. The lawsuit includes allegations of trademark counterfeiting and infringement and false designation of origin. Chanel asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction, financial damages and trial costs. The defendants did not return requests for comment.

Separately, Chanel filed a trademark-infringement lawsuit in Manhattan federal court against Linda Allen, who does business as European Beauty Fashions, My Classy Fashion, Ultimate Designer Handbags and affiliated Web sites. According to legal papers filed June 7, the defendants allegedly sold counterfeit handbags, wallets, watches, necklaces, costume jewelry and sunglasses that infringed on Chanel’s trademarks. The complaint included allegations of trademark counterfeiting and infringement, false designation of origin, and trademark dilution. Chanel asked for a preliminary and permanent injunction and damages. The defendants did not return calls seeking comment.

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