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Indigo Awaits Accounting in Lauren Legal Battle

Dispute over denim patterns moves towards resolution.

The ongoing dispute between Los Angeles denim manufacturer Indigo Group USA and Ralph Lauren Corp. is inching closer to a resolution with a hearing set for Friday in California’s Central District Court.

A jury ruled on Oct. 30 that Indigo was the co-owner of certain patterns used by the company to make its RL jeans. What remains to be determined is exactly which patterns were used and when. The court is set to appoint a special master in charge of the accounting process.

Indigo filed suit in 2011, alleging that Polo had stopped paying their factor and contending that they were co-owners of certain denim patterns.

Indigo was founded by John Kang and Jeremy Lew, who at one time partnered with Jeffrey Lubell and his then-company Guru Denim Inc., parent of True Religion Brand Jeans. Indigo produced True Religion jeans until the partnership dissolved and Indigo began to manufacture jeans for other companies, including Ralph Lauren.

Indigo is currently not manufacturing any jeans, in part because of financial hardship during the litigation.

A spokesperson for Ralph Lauren declined to comment.

Glen Kulik, attorney for Indigo, said the company has asked the court to examine a time period of three years involving more than 900 patterns, but declined to discuss how much profit could be at stake, saying, “We anticipate it will add up to several million, but that’s to be determined by the court.”