Bill Blass Group filed a lawsuit last week in a Manhattan federal court against its former beauty licensee, alleging breach of contract and trademark infringement claims.

This story first appeared in the December 14, 2009 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

Blass said in court papers that it terminated its fragrance and cosmetics deal with First American Brands on Nov. 6 after the licensee missed royalty payments. According to the complaint, First American Brands has failed to respond to Blass’ “significant efforts” to contact it.

“Given [the] defendant’s patent refusal to communicate, BBG can only assume that this former licensee is proceeding as if the license agreement had not been terminated and is continuing to sell and manufacture products,” Blass’ attorneys wrote.

A spokeswoman for First American Brands said Friday she was not aware of the suit and would not comment.

Blass is seeking an injunction, $5 million in punitive damages and $150,000 for breach of contract, among other relief.

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