L.L. BEAN’S BEEF: L.L. Bean on Monday said it filed four separate complaints — including one each against retailers Nordstrom and J.C. Penney — in a Maine federal district court alleging trademark infringement in connection with pop-up advertising on the catalogue firm’s Web site. The firm said that the offending companies use software that had a “spyware” component that tracked a user’s online activity. Mary Lou Kelley, L.L. Bean’s vice president of e-commerce, said in a statement that it was bad enough that companies were poaching consumer activity at the Bean Web site and redirecting it to themselves, but worse was giving the impression that Bean authorized such activity. A spokeswoman for Nordstrom declined comment because the company hasn’t been served yet. A spokeswoman for J.C. Penney did not return a phone call for comment.
LIZ’S BAGGAGE: Liz Claiborne Inc. said Monday it reached an agreement in principle with Badanco Enterprises Inc. to produce Liz Claiborne and Claiborne-branded luggage. The collections will be introduced to the trade in fall and in stores by early next year. “Licensing our brands is a key aspect of our growth strategy, enabling us to extend both Liz Claiborne and Claiborne’s presence in the market,” Barbara J. Friedman, president of licensing, said in a statement.