NEW YORK — A rock group called the Oxes and their record label, Monitor Records, filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Gap Inc.’s Old Navy for allegedly using the band’s trademark on T-shirts. According to court documents filed Aug. 7, the band’s trademark appeared on shirts below a caption reading “Rock Action Presents: Live at the Social.” The band asked the court for preliminary and permanent injunctions against Old Navy and for monetary damages. The complaint contains allegations of trademark infringement and unfair competition. Old Navy did not return calls for comment by press time.
Cartier, a division of Richemont North America Inc., and Cartier International B.V. filed a lawsuit against D&D Jewelry Imports, which does business as jewelsplus.com, and Mehrdad Ansari for allegedly selling imitations of its watches, rings and other jewelry. The defendants allegedly sold copies of the Tank Française, Tank Americaine, Panthere and Pasha watches. Additionally, Cartier alleged the defendants sold copies of its Tank Française ring design, screw motif trade dress and the interlocking “CC” design trademark. The complaint contains allegations of trade dress, trademark, copyright and design patent infringements. Cartier asked for the defendants to be permanently restrained from infringing on its intellectual property and for unspecified damages. D&D could not be reached for comment.
Miroglio SpA and Coast to Coast Fabrics Inc. filed a copyright lawsuit against Larry Hansel Clothing LLC, which does business as Rampage Clothing Co., and Macy’s East LLC for allegedly infringing on a fabric design. According to court documents, Miroglio granted Coast to Coast an exclusive license in the U.S. for an original fabric design. Miroglio and Coast to Coast alleged that, after their initial production of garments using the copyrighted fabric design, the defendants manufactured and sold goods that infringed on that design. Rampage and Macy’s declined to comment.
Lounge Soho Inc., a SoHo boutique selling men’s and women’s fashion, and its owner, Jack Menashe, are being sued by a former publicist for alleged sexual orientation discrimination. Andrew Boepple filed a lawsuit on Aug. 2 charging his former employer with fostering a work environment of persistent sexual orientation discrimination and hostility.
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Menashe’s lawyer, Richard Asche, a partner with Litman, Asche & Gioiella, said Menashe had not been served with the lawsuit at press time, but that the claims were completely without merit. “If there is a lawsuit, he will defend it to the hilt,” Asche said. “We will respond extremely vigorously in court and I am pretty certain at the end of the day, [Menashe] will be vindicated.”