Things we will be watching for in 2014? Lawsuits! In fact, some very notable ones are coming our way in 2014. Think: disgraced designers, litigious interns, major fashion players' rival suits, drugs, family drama in court and more ...
The fate of unpaid interns will be decided. In case you missed it, two of the biggest unpaid internship cases (Diana Wang v. Hearst and Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures) are set to be heard by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. Specifically, the court will rule on the standard for determining whether unpaid interns qualify as interns or whether they are actually employees. Also, there are a few other internship lawsuits pending; namely, Ballinger v. Advance Publications - the lawsuit that put an end to Vogue's internship program.
The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton v. Hermès drama may be resolved. The two luxury magnates are suing each other ... well, a bunch of things - all stemming from what Hermès deems is an inappropriate acquisition of its stock by LVMH. (You can see a timeline of their legal qualms here).
The Balenciaga (or its parent company, Kering, actually) v. Nicolas Ghesquière trial will be underway. Kering slapped former Balenciaga creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, with a breach of duty of confidentiality lawsuit following some statements he made in an interview. Read what the designer had to say about his former house HERE.
John Galliano v. Dior is still pending. The designer just recently got the go-ahead that the case will proceed in commercial court. (A small win for Galliano). The ex-creative director for Dior and his namesake label is suing both for breach of contract and seeking nearly $20 million.
Lichtenberg v. Lichtenberg. How could you forget about the family drama-turned-legal drama? Quick summary: Younger brother Chris sued older brother Brian in California state court for trademark infringement, unfair competition, and defamation, among claims. Then, Brian filed a nearly identical lawsuit in California federal court. All over the BALLIN in PARIS "parody" design! Oh and in case that's not enough, Vicodan trademark owner, AbbVie, is suing Bri for infringement stemming from his designer drug tees.
Burberry is set to battle it out over its trademark in China. The Brit brand appealed a decision to revoke its iconic mark just last month.
Last but not least, and I'm not sure how far this lawsuit will go, but Chanel mastermind Karl Lagerfeld is still facing a lawsuit for his recent fat shaming. Female activist group, Belle, Ronde, Sexy et je m’assume (Beautiful, Rounded, Sexy and Fine with it) filed suit against Lagerfeld in France.