LIZ CLAIBORNE BRINGS SUITS AGAINST 2 JEWELRY MAKERS

NEW YORK--Liz Claiborne Inc. has filed two separate lawsuits in federal court here, to protect its costume jewelry copyrights.
In the first suit, Claiborne accuses Accessories Associates Inc., North Providence, R.I., of selling knockoffs of its necklaces and pendants.
Claiborne charged Accessories Associates with selling "piratical copies" of its Vineyard and Neutral Harmony necklace and pendant designs for about one-third less than authentic Claiborne pieces.
The second suit charges Roman Inc., Roselle, Ill., with producing bogus versions of Claiborne's Madras Mix collection of earrings and selling them for about half of the Claiborne price.
Claiborne contends that by selling discounted knockoffs, the defendants are causing its copyrights to decline in value.
Officials at Accessories Associates and Roman Inc. said they had not seen the suit and could not comment.
In both suits, Claiborne seeks permanent injunctions and unspecified damages to prevent the companies from infringing on its copyrights.
--Fairchild News Service

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