The Fashion Law Exclusive – Earlier this week, we broke the news that Chanel filed suit against "parody" tee brand, What About Yves, stemming from a design bearing the Paris-based design house's trademarked logo. Since then, founder Jeanine Heller has responded with a comment on the pending litigation.
Heller claims that Chanel has withdrawn the lawsuit due to misfiling. She told us exclusively in an email: "I sold my majority stake [in What About Yves] this past year, but do still hold ownership within the brand. I personally have never done business as 'WAY.' It is a DE Corp and Chanel must pursue legal complaints against the Corporation and not an Owner or Officer." However, according to the Southern District of New York's records, the case is, in fact, still pending and no motion to dismiss for any reason has been filed on behalf of Heller.
The sweatshirt at issue, formerly labeled as the "Official Chanel X Ghostbusters Sweatshirt Design," was recently renamed on the What About Yves' e-commerce site to "Ghostbusters Sweatshirt" and was then removed from the brand's site altogether. In its place, however, is now a sweatshirt and t-shirt with the same design entitled, "Sweatshirt-Gate #2" and "Shirt-Gate #2." Both include product descriptions that read as follows: "The other shirt that caused a ruckus. Limited edition final run. NOT CHANEL."
The most recent update on the case was the filing of a corporate disclosure statement by Chanel earlier this week. We reached out to Chanel's counsel, who cannot comment on pending legal matters. More to come …