Saks Inc. and Neiman Marcus Inc. said Friday they resolved a lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the U.S. over mislabeled fur.
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The animal rights group named the two luxury retailers as defendants in a consumer advocacy complaint filed in Washington, D.C., Superior Court in 2008. The suit alleged the companies had improperly labeled raccoon dog fur as “faux” or misidentified its source animal on labels or advertisements. Lord & Taylor settled its portion of the suit in December and Andrew Marc settled in March. Macy’s Inc. is now the sole remaining defendant in the case.
Saks Inc. and the Humane Society said Friday they had reached a settlement requiring stricter labeling standards. In addition, the retailer agreed to change its advertising policies and endorse federal legislation designed to end the sale of fur-trimmed garments without total sourcing disclosure, the Humane Society said.
A Saks spokeswoman said the settlement was “fair.”
Neiman Marcus, meanwhile, has consented to a judgment against it, according to court documents. The judgment, which awaits final approval from the court, finds the retailer violated the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act, calls for it to pay $25,000 to the Humane Society and bars it from falsely advertising the two coats at issue in the lawsuit. Humane Society chief counsel Jonathon Lovvorn said the group expects a judge’s approval “any day.”
A spokeswoman for Neiman Marcus confirmed resolution of the suit but had no further comment.
Macy’s did not return a call seeking comment.