NEW YORK — Louis Vuitton Malletier filed a trademark and copyright infringement and a dilution complaint against a number of Chinatown vendors in federal court here last month. The lawsuit named a group of tenants in Chinatown buildings whose landlords were sued earlier this year. The tenants were operating businesses at 277, 323, 375, 357, 359 and 361 Canal Street and at 415 Broadway. The lawsuit seeks to protect Louis Vuitton’s intellectual property rights, “which are imperiled by the unscrupulous storefront owners on Canal Street,” according to the court documents. The lawsuit asked for a permanent injunction and damages.
Haute Diggity Dog filed a complaint seeking relief against a list of luxury brands. The complaint asked for a declaratory judgment of trademark non-infringement against Louis Vuitton MA, Jimmy Choo Ltd., Chanel Inc., Marc Jacobs Trademarks LLC, Christian Dior Couture S.A., Parfums Christian Dior S.A., Kate Spade, Moët Hennessy USA Inc. and Volkswagen of America. The defendants named in the complaint have all filed trademark infringement lawsuits against Haute Diggity Dog in other court jurisdictions.
Haute Diggity Dog, based in Las Vegas, markets plush stuffed toys and beds for dogs under the names Chewy Vuiton, Jimmy Chew, Chewnel #5, Bark Jacobs, Dogior, Barkswaggin’, Kate Spayed and Dog Perignonn. The complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York in late April, alleged that there was no confusion between its products and the luxury brands that alleged the products violated their trademarks.
Louis Vuitton has since been dismissed as a defendant in Haute Diggity Dog’s complaint, according to a company spokesperson. LVMH, which owns several of the brands named in the lawsuit, said, “This is a pure and simple case of Haute Diggity Dog exploiting the world-famous name and unique designs of Louis Vuitton solely for their own commercial benefit. Haute Diggity Dog’s claim that their product is a parody or otherwise protected activity is a desperate attempt to justify their blatant theft of Louis Vuitton’s intellectual property rights.” The remainder of the named defendants either could not be reached or did not return calls for comment by press time.
Jimlar Corp., which sells footwear through its Frye Co. division, filed a trademark and trade dress infringement lawsuit against Bakers Footwear Group and Zigi for allegedly infringing on a woman’s boot design. The suit, filed May 8, charges the firms with infringing on the company’s FF trademark design as well as the trade dress of the “Daisy Duke” style boots. Jimlar asked the court to permanently restrain the defendants from using its trademarks or trade dress and for actual and punitive damages. Zigi declined to comment. Bakers did not return a call for comment.