Three recently filed lawsuits should serve as a wakeup call for brand owners. Ralph Lauren, Payless Shoes, and the Kardashian’s store, DASH, have each been slapped with separate civil rights lawsuits, claiming that they have violated (and continue to violate) the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by denying visually impaired individuals full and equal access to their websites. The aforementioned brands are not alone. In the past year alone, an increasing number of companies have faced lawsuits from both blind and deaf plaintiffs alleging that their websites violate the ADA. It might just be time to ask: Is my site ADA compliant?
Here are some of the other articles you may have missed this week ...
1. Ain't Laurent Without Yves: Parody in the U.S. and EU. A look at the ongoing “parody” phenomenon that seems to come and go every few years in fashion, with the strongest wave in recent years coinciding with the popularity of Brian Lichtenberg’s “Homies” tees and the “Ain’t Laurent Without Yves” wares.
2. Zara Terez Rebrands After Zara Initiates Trademark Battle: The New York-based indie label was forced to rebrand – and drop the “Zara” – after the Spanish fast fashion giant filed suit.
3. Bringing Jobs Back: A Chinese manufacturer that makes apparel under the Adidas, Reebok and Armani brands will open a factory in Arkansas, creating 400 jobs, Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson, announced Thursday.
4. Vogue Loses Trademark Battle, Court Says "Vogue" is a Descriptive Term: Court held that “Vogue” trademark is little more than an ordinary, descriptive word that means “in fashion.”
5. Guess? Victorious in Latest Round of Gucci Trademark Fight: Gucci has lost yet another round in its ongoing battle against Guess?, this time in the European Union.
6. LVMH is in Talks to Buy a Bike Brand and That Makes a Lot of Sense: The world got a good laugh when Hermès announced the impending release of its collection of $13,000+ handmade bicycles in October 2013. Now arch-rival LVMH wants in.
7. What is Actually Driving the Successful Revamp of Gucci? The fashion industry is rife with creative director house-swaps and corresponding revamps. Amid such press-worthy shakeups, one certainly stands out: The new Gucci, à la Alessandro Michele.