Loree Rodkin Slaps Ex-Reality TV Star With Lawsuit

Loree Rodkin, the jewelry designer known for pioneering the hinged armor-inspired rings that have taken the runway and retailers by storm, has filed a lawsuit against former-reality TV star, Lisa Gastineau’s jewelry line, Tres Glam, for copyright infringement. In fact, the lawsuit names Tres Glam By Lisa Gastineau Ltd, Lisa Gastineau, and her daughter, Brittny Gastineau, who has had a hand in promoting/"designing" the collection, as defendants. According to the complaint, which was filed in federal court in Los Angeles on February 13th, Rodkin, whose collection debuted in 1981 and has since been seen on almost every red carpet, on nearly every celebrity, and on the pages of Elle, In Style and various Vogues, claims that many of her copyrighted designs have been imitated by Gastineau. In addition to injunctive relief, Rodkin is asking the court to order Gastineau to pay $150,000 per copyright infringement, of which there are multiple. 

Rodkin, whose fans include Michelle Obama, Mary-Kate Olsen, model Natalia Vodianova, and Cher, etc., has spoken out about the lawsuit, saying: "Unfortunately, when you are successful in this business, people will try to copy your designs. My lawyers protect my rights and are seeking the appropriate remedies against the Gastineaus." And so has Gastineau, who said: "You can’t compare a ring that sells for $50,000 [Rodkin's] and a ring that sells for $3,000 [the price point of her own collection]. Look at Steve Madden and Chanel, they are not selling the same exact thing."

Both brands are based in Los Angeles, although Rodkin sells worldwide, stocking at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, Browns in London, Podium in Moscow, and her own stores in Japan - just to name a few. Gastineau launched her brand, Tres Glam, in 2009 and stocks at various boutiques in Los Angeles. More to come ...