BANFF AWARDED $1.2M FROM EXPRESS IN LAWSUIT

NEW YORK--Banff Ltd. has won a $1.2 million judgment against Express Inc. for infringement of its copyrighted Aran fisherman's sweater, the knitwear manufacturer's lawyers said Monday.
An all-woman jury deliberated in Federal Court here for parts of two days before ruling that Banff should be paid $1 million for Express's profits on the knockoff and $200,000 for lost profits, said Parker Bagley, of Brumbaugh, Graves, Donohue & Raymond, counsel to Banff.
Bagley said he was "very happy" with the outcome of the case, adding that the judgment was "roughly" in line with what he had asked for in statements Friday at the close of the week-long trial.
Frank Colucci, of Colucci & Umans, counsel to Express, could not be reached for comment on whether the retailer would appeal the decision. A spokeswoman at The Limited Inc., parent of Express, said the only person at the company authorized to comment on legal matters was not available.
However, Bagley said, Colucci indicated in court he would ask Judge Shira Scheindlin to review the decision.
As reported, Banff charged Express in April 1993 with knocking off the Aran fisherman's sweater Banff had successfully marketed to Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale's in 1991 and 1992.
Express acknowledged it sold about 40,000 of its $60 Aran fisherman's sweaters in 1992 and 1993, but argued that the copyright was not valid because Banff's sweater used a generic design.--Fairchild News Service

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