NEW YORK — Liz Claiborne Inc. has sued Dallas-based closeout retailer Tuesday Morning Corp. for trademark violations involving sales of costume jewelry under the Monet name, which Claiborne owns.
The lawsuit, filed last month in U.S. District Court in Dallas, seeks about $30 million in losses and punitive damages from the 594-door chain, according to a report in the Dallas Morning News.
Claiborne officials declined to comment Wednesday. The firm acquired Monet out of bankruptcy in 2000.
A statement from Tuesday Morning Corp. released through Laurey Peat & Associates, a public relations firm for the store, said, “[Claiborne] claims that some of their goods in Tuesday Morning stores are not authentic since they were not purchased directly from them. These goods were purchased from Division Sales, a wholesaler, who was named in the lawsuit and has dealt with Tuesday Morning, as well as other major retailers, for many years.”
Tuesday Morning maintained the jewelry, sold for 99 cents to $4.99, was authentic.
— Evan Clark