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LVMH Settles Trademark Case With Bindery

Dispute between Monastery Hill Bindery and LVMH was over Epi Leather pattern, which is made of two-tone wavy lines.

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and Chicago-based Monastery Hill Bindery have ended their legal battle over the luxury house’s Epi Leather trademark.

In August 2008, the luxury house sent the bindery a cease and desist letter, accusing it of selling hotel guest room binders to Grand Hyatt that infringed on the Epi pattern, which is made up of two-tone wavy lines.

Following the missive, Monastery Hill’s parent firm, Hertzberg, Ernst & Sons, filed a preemptive trademark suit in U.S. District Court in Chicago asking a judge to rule that there was no risk of confusion between the two firms’ products.

LVMH filed a countersuit in November.

According to court documents, the sides reached a settlement in February. Monastery Hill admitted no wrongdoing but entered into an injunction barring it from infringing upon the Epi trademark.

Last week, LVMH said as part of the agreement, Monastery Hill will stop selling the product and destroy the remaining stock.