Sportswear firm Derek Andrew Inc. has sued Macy’s Inc., accusing the retailer of infringing on its Twisted Heart brand.

Bellevue, Wash.-based Derek Andrew, which sells the line at upscale department stores including Macy’s-owned Bloomingdale’s, alleged the chain has also sold an infringing house label, Aqua Sport, alongside Twisted Heart products.

In a complaint filed April 9 in federal court in Manhattan, Derek Andrew accused Macy’s and its private label suppliers of using elements from its designs to “sow consumer confusion and undercut sales of Derek Andrew’s products for Macy’s benefit.”

Macy’s did not return a call seeking comment on the allegations.

Derek Andrew is seeking an injunction against the further sale of the items at Bloomingdale’s, court fees and other unspecified damages.

Tory Burch manufacturer River Light V has filed a trademark suit against a New York shoemaker, accusing it of infringement and counterfeiting.

In a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan on April 1, River Light V alleged that Orly Shoe Corp. has made footwear that intentionally replicates Burch’s TT Design trademark, usually used in a medallion on shoes in the line.

Ezra Antebi, Orly’s senior vice president, who is also named as a defendant, did not return a call seeking comment on the allegations.

River Light V is seeking an injunction against Orly’s continued production of the items named in the suit, no less than $2 million in damages and court fees.



IMG Fragrance Brands and Houbigant Inc. have traded lawsuits over the ownership of several Houbigant trademarks.

Earlier this year, Houbigant, which had licensed its brand to IMG for the five years ended Dec. 31, filed an infringement suit in federal court in Manhattan. It alleged IMG continued to assert its rights to trademarks such as Chantilly and English Waterlillies after the expiration of the agreement.

On April 9, IMG filed its own breach of contract suit in the same court in which it alleged the original licensing agreement called for Houbigant to sell it the rights to the fragrances following the five-year arrangement for a nominal fee of $1,000 and any unpaid royalties.

Houbigant is seeking an injunction against IMG’s use of the trademarks and unspecified damages. IMG is seeking a judicial declaration that it is the owner of the trademarks and unspecified damages.


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