In a legal coup for Anthropologie during its lawsuit against Forever 21, the fast-fashion chain’s founders, Do Won Chang and Jin Sook Chang, faced depositions this month. The husband-and-wife team, who own and run the $1.7 billion retailer, were deposed for full days on April 16 and 17 in the L.A. offices of Duane Morris LLP, which is representing Anthropologie in its claims that Forever 21 copied nine of its copyrighted garments.
Forever 21 has been sued over 50 times for copyright infringement in the last three-and-a-half years, but its lawyers have successfully blocked attempted depositions of the Changs by settling the cases out of court or raising objections to their being deposed. In this case, however, Judge Michael Dolinger of U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York compelled the depositions of the Changs, noting Do Won Chang is chief executive of the company and Jin Sook Chang is Forever 21’s head buyer — and documents indicated she was directly involved in the purchase of eight of the nine disputed garments.
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