NEW YORK — A complaint filed by Coast to Coast Fabrics against I.E. Industries Fashion Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was dismissed with prejudice by a Manhattan federal judge on Oct. 19. The original lawsuit filed by Coast to Coast alleged that I.E. Industries Fashion Inc. manufactured and distributed garments to Wal-Mart that infringed on its fabric design copyright. In September, the court denied a motion for a preliminary injunction against I.E. Industries and Wal-Mart, and granted a cross-motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint.
“Fortunately, the judge was very knowledgeable about copyrights and trademarks and he threw [the case] out. We are lucky it was a judge who was experienced in the field,” said Haresh Sajnani, vice president, production, for I.E. Industries.
CIT Group plc, CIT Holdings and CIT (USA) LLC filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against CIT Group Inc., in the Southern District of New York on Oct. 21. CIT Holdings is a real estate funding, investment, acquisition and development company based in the United Kingdom with business operations in the U.S. CIT Group Inc. is a finance company that offers clients services such as factoring, debtor-in-possession lending, consumer financing, equipment leasing and small company loans. The two organizations have operated under their current names for a number of years in noncompetitive industries, according to the court documents. The lawsuit was prompted particularly by a trademark application made by CIT Group Inc. for real estate investment and development. CIT Group Inc. did not return a call for comment by press time.
NCR Corp. filed a complaint against Avon Products for alleged patent violations. According to court documents, NCR claimed that Avon’s Web site allegedly infringed on a number of its patents, including an asset-management system and a privacy-enhanced database. The complaint includes 10 claims of alleged patent infringement in all. NCR asked the court for a permanent injunction against Avon from further infringing on its patents. The technology company also asked for monetary damages equal to treble any actual damages. Avon declined to comment, citing company policy.
A final judgment on consent was reached in a lawsuit filed by Gucci America Inc. against Loehmann’s Inc. and Loehmann’s Operating Co. Inc. The two parties agreed to settle the lawsuit between them, without admission of liability or damages, according to court documents. The original lawsuit included claims of trademark infringement, false designation of source origin and unfair competition in relation to Gucci’s interlocking GG, GG, rounded G, square G and repeating GG trademarks. Loehmann’s could not be reached for comment.
Cameron Giles, who is better known as Cam’ron, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Kanye West, Universal Music Group Inc., and EMI Blackwood Music Inc. in Manhattan federal court. The lawsuit claimed that Giles and West co-wrote a song entitled “Gone,” which was subsequently recorded by West and another artist. Giles asked the court for monetary damages.