Judge to Kardashians: You Can't Use the Khroma Name

The Fashion Law EXCLUSIVE - Things are not looking good for the Kardashians and their Khroma Beauty line. Pending right now: a trademark infringement suit brought by the owner of the federally registered KROMA trademark. Celebrity makeup artist Lee Tillett, who filed suit in January in United States District Court for the Central District of California, is seeking $10 million in damages from the sisters and Boldface Licensing + Branding (the company that owns the right to license Khroma Beauty). Tillett also wants preliminary and permanent injunctions.

Well, on Monday, a California federal judge ruled in Tillett's favor. U.S. District Judge Audrey B. Collins granted Tillett's request for a preliminary injunction. This means that the sisters and their liscensee (Boldface) are prohibited from using the Khroma name on the cosmetics until the lawsuit is decided, in which case the Judge may order a permanent injunction and damages. Judge Collins held that the similarity of the names could confuse customers, and thus, ordered the preliminary injunction.