August 23, 2014

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Audemars Piguet Wins $11 Million in Counterfeit Case

Audemars Piguet Holding SA has won nearly $11 million in a trademark infringement lawsuit in the Southern District of New York. The Swiss watchmaker filed suit in suit in July 2012 against Swiss Watch International, Inc. and ILS Holdings (the company behind worldofwatches.com and “Swiss Legend”), alleging that the companies “intentionally and knowingly” sold counterfeit versions of its Royal Oak Watch, which generally start at $20,000, in violation of an array of federal trademark and trade dress registrations. According to Audemars’ complaint, “No defendant in this action has saught or received a license from Audemars Piguet for any purpose whatsoever” and that the sale of such watches by the defendants “is likely to cause confusion, mistake, or to deceive the consuming public into believeing that such items origiante from or are sponsored by or associated with [Audemars]“.

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TODAY: From Around The Web

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From Mansur Gavriel to Ganni (pictured above), these are the new brands The Telegraph’s editors think you can bet your fashion dollar on. – The Telegraph

A Snob’s Guide To The Ice Bucket Challenge – Fast Co.

Toms, the company that donates a pair of shoes to a needy child for every pair it sells, agreed to sell half of itself to private-equity firm Bain Capital LLC to fund an expansion of its operations in the U.S. and overseas. – Bloomberg

Vogue editor in chief, Anna Wintour, has a reported $200,000 clothing allowance — enough to keep her in plenty of Prada face coats. – The Cut

Instagram announced this week that it’s planning to put significantly more manpower into the hands of companies that are currently advertising on the social media network by way of three new analytical tools. – Racked

Saint Laurent Bets on Rock-Star Style: New Los Angeles Store Will be Brand’s Largest, Continuing Creative Shift. – WSJ

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LVMH Removed from Copycat Sneaker Lawsuit

The Fashion Law Exclusive – LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton was reportedly removed from the lawsuit filed by fledgling footwear designer Antonio Brown, who claims that Louis Vuitton copied an aspect of his sneaker design. The Paris-based brand asked U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York judge Paul Engelmayer for a 30-day extension last week, which Brown moved to have dismissed. A stipulation and order of dismissal was filed on Tuesday, as LVMH (Louis Vuitton’s parent company) does not operate in America and “had no liability within the merits of the claim.” It appears that Louis Vuitton North America may still be facing charges, though.

If you haven’t been keeping up with the case, which we reported on in early July, here is a quick summary: Brown, claims in his complaint that he began selling shoes in August 2013 under the brand, LVL XIII. He further claims that LVL XIII was the first to employ a “distinctive rectangular metal plate [that adorns] the front of the shoe toe” in 2013, and this feature has since become “distinctive in the relevant market.” LVL XIII alleges that Louis Vuitton is “competing unfairly” with its brand by selling footwear that is “confusingly similar” to its own (such as the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 sneaker pictured below).

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5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know

Our friends over at the Huffington Post took on one of our favorite topics recently, fast fashion and the hazards that are associated with this type of clothing. The publication shared the Five Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know, and we are not terribly surprised. Here they are …

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Retro Read: The Downfall of Street Style

The Fashion Law archives are becoming quite substantial. Meet: Retro Reads. Our newest series will bring you some of our favorite posts from TFL past, which are still relevant and are, in our opinion, worth a second read …

Since at least the Spring/Summer 2013 shows during New York Fashion Week (and after the February 2013 shows, as well), there has been quite a bit of buzz about the over the top street style and about “street style” blogs in general. One thing is for sure, when compensation is involved, things get more complicated than your average street style. When a blogger is paid to write a blog post or is compensated (whether it is with money or clothes, etc.) for wearing a certain designer’s wares, this is considered an endorsement. Because endorsements are an important tool for advertisers and can be persuasive to consumers, they must be disclosed. So, how does this fit into the overall concept of street style (namely, the photos taken of individuals by other bloggers and/or photographers and subsequently posted on any one of an array of websites and labeled as “street style”)? It appears as though it doesn’t.

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Coach Hit with Copyright Infringement Suit by Artist

Internationally acclaimed visual artist Maya Hayuk has slapped an already troubled Coach, Inc. with a copyright infringement lawsuit this week. According to Hayuk’s complaint, which was filed in the Southern District of New York court on Wednesday, the New York-based brand copied her “Chem Trails NYC” in a recent ad campaign. Hayuk’s large-scale mural, which was commissioned for Bowery Mural Wall and on display at Houston and Bowery streets from February 2013 until earlier this summer, an outdoor exhibition space in downtown New York City, was reportedly featured in an online ad campaign for the brand’s clothing and accessories without authorization.

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Gawker Interns to Move Forward with Lawsuit

While a bunch of unpaid internship lawsuits have either settled (think: Conde Nast, etc.) or are on hold at the moment, one was given the go-ahead by a New York City federal judge late last week. The case at issue was filed in the Southern District of New York in June 2013 by Aulistar Mark, Hanchen Lu and Andrew Hudson, who were summer interns at Gawker between 2010 and 2012. The plaintiffs allege that they were responsible for “writing, researching, editing, lodging stories and multimedia content, promoting content on social media sites, moderating the comments forum, and managing the community of Gawker users.” They claim to have worked “at least 15 hours a week and were not paid a single cent for their work.” At the heart of this suit and the many other like it is the claim that the plaintiffs were erroneously classified as interns (as opposed to entry level employees), and thus, were not adequately compensated in accordance with federal and state labor and wage laws.

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TODAY: From Around The Web

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Shira Suveyke, the Vice President of Global Buying at The Outnet.com talks about how she made the transition from finance to fashion. – HuffPost

Designer Giovanna Randall talks about her label, Honor, all made in New York and of practically unmatched quality among ready-to-wear designers. – Fashionista

The Invasion of the Flats: ”I suspect that girls today probably don’t feel the need to wear heels to transform themselves into grown-up women the way I did.” – NY Times

Acne Studio’s Jonny Johansson on Getting Out of the Denim Box, the Globalization of Style, and Innovation Versus Appearance – Style.com

A former merchandising executive at Aeropostale was sentenced to eight years in prison after being convicted of defrauding the company and taking more than $25 million in kickbacks from a key vendor. – Reuters

Inside Hermès: Luxury’s Secret Empire. Axel Dumas, sixth-generation scion of the Hermès luxury goods dynasty and since February its CEO, has a secret. – Forbes

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