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Your latest fashion law news roundup, delivered via (and with commentary courtesy of) the preeminent LinkedIn fashion law group, LAW OF FASHION. Isn't it time you joined? *Catchy jingle.*

Intellectual Property, with Just a Smidge of Advertising Law


"LVMH Wins [Permanent Exclusion] Order From ITC to Block Knockoff Imports in U.S." (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)

"'How many stripes am I holding up?' (or, 'Adidas continues its trademark reign of terror...')" (LAW OF FASHION ®)

Nike Inc. files brief opposing grant of certiorari in Already LLC (a/k/a Yums) trademark infringement case (SCOTUSblog)

French high court upholds ruling in favor of Zara, against Louboutin in red-sole dispute (WWD; sub. required)


"Coach sues Medford company for trademark infringement" (The Oregonian)


"Fact issues preclude summary judgment in fabric design infringement suit" (Lexology / MWE)


"Is your trademark license assignable in bankruptcy?" (Lexology / Cole Shotz)


"New French Anti-Counterfeit Campaign Reminds Tourists That Knockoffs Could Get You Three Years in Jail" (Fashionista)


"Fake Luxury Goods Seized [after Lady Gaga tweets about wanting to buy a fake Rolex during her stay in Thailand]" (Bangkok Post)


"Stitched up – labels hit back at replica trade" (The Independent)


"Discussion on Counterfeits With a Flavour of Rum at WTO TRIPS Council" (IP Watch; sub. required)


"Runway To Racks: How Fashion Gets Knocked Off" (Refinery29)


"Suit alleges false advertising for Olay anti-aging products" (L.A. Times)


"J.C. Penney Asks Court to Dismiss Suit [over the 'Fair and Square' fixtures central to the company's rebranding efforts]” (WWD; sub. required)


Collaborations, Acquisitions, Sell-Offs, IPOs, and The Like


"adidas by Stella McCartney opens global flagship store [in London]" (Retail Focus)


"[Mr. Simon Spurr,] Detached From His Label" (NY Times)


"Fifth & Pacific to buy out [the portion of] Kate Spade Japan [it does not already own]" (CNBC)


Big-name designers and apparel companies get involved in the Olympics like never before (WSJ)


"Reliance Brands, Brooks Brothers ink pact [to bring stores to India]" (Times of India)


"Calvin Klein Inks $4 Million Sponsor Deal With Brooklyn Nets" (Hollywood Reporter)


"Kourtney, Khloé & Kim Kardashian Launch Makeup Line" (E! Online)


Paris Hilton reportedly settles two lawsuits with Italian lingerie company Le Bonitas by agreeing to continue endorsement (TMZ)


"Kenneth Cole to Acquire Namesake Company After Board Approval" (WSJ)


"London's Graff Diamonds puts Hong Kong IPO on hold [after widespread skepticism]" (Bloomberg BusinessWeek / AP)


"Jones Group tries on new shoes - The retailer of women's clothing and accessories purchase[s] the Brian Atwood footwear brand" (Crain’s New York) 


"Nike plans to sell Umbro gear, Cole Haan shoe brands to focus on core product lines" (Yahoo! / AP)


"TaylorMade-adidas Golf Completes Acquisition Of Adams Golf" (NASDAQ)


"Hermès Boss Prepares to Hand Over to Family Member" (WSJ)


"Talbots To Be Acquired By Sycamore At Lower Price" (WSJ)


Crime (Actual and Alleged); Ethics (Present and Not)


"Alexander Wang Files Official Denial of Sweatshop Allegations" (Fashionista)


"Wal-Mart CEO [Mike] Duke Defends Retailer Amid Bribery Probe" (Bloomberg News)


"What Every Executive Should Learn from Wal-Mart's Mistakes" (Harvard Business Review) 


"Former Limoni Execs Charged By Police" (WWD; sub. required)


"NRF Report Finds No Retailer Immune to Organized Retail Crime - Concerns Over Cargo Theft, Violence and Collusion Mount" (NRF press release)


"Va. Case Highlights Dangers for Jewelry Salesmen" (Federal News Radio)


"5 Diamond Developments You Should Be Following" (JCK Magazine)


"Vogue Italia per la salute delle modelle e delle donne" (ANSA)


"Gucci Announces 'Sustainable Soles' Line of Biodegradable Footwear" (Ecouterre)


"Is Southeast Asia the New Garment-Sweatshop Capital of the World?" (Ecouterre)


"Adidas, IKEA Sever Ties with World's Largest Beef Producer Over Amazon Deforestation" (Ecouterre)


"Bangladesh Unrest a Deterrent for H&M" (Asian Fashion Law)


"Hong Kong Cotton Conference Focuses on Sustainability" (WWD; sub. required)


Mean Business


"LVMH, the empire of desire - What the world’s biggest luxury group will do next" (The Economist)


"Revlon's [CEO] Alan Ennis Sees Glory Days Returning" (WWD; sub. required)


"Hanesbrands to exit lower-margin unbranded apparel business" (Reuters)


"U.S. Apparel, Footwear Spending on Decline" (WWD; sub. required)


"Many Retailers’ Sales Rose in May Despite Concerns About Economy" (NY Times)


"Bob Hurley Takes Over the Nike Action Sports Company That Bears His Name" (The Oregonian)


"American Eagle Shutters Design Center [for its discontinued 77kids childrenswear line]" (Crain’s New York)


Politics and Legislation


"The Fashion Whip: Who [in Politics] Waves The Flag For American Fashion?" (HuffPost Style)


"Links to Obama campaign show fashion industry’s political clout is growing" (Washington Post)


"Obama Campaign Sues Over Logo Use" (HuffPost / AP)


"[The Living Wage NYC Coalition, led by the Retail, Wholesale & Department Store Union] Urges City Council to Override Mayor's Veto of Fair Wages Act" (WWD; sub. required)


"Court Rules Artist Doesn't Have to Pay Nine Years of Rent [and Now Let's Talk about What This 'Loft Law' Means for Local Manufacturing]" (HuffPost)


"Baring Shoulders and Knees, [Stuyvesant] Students Protest a Dress Code [Allegedly Aimed Primarily at Female Students]" (NY Times)


"Gov. Chris Christie calls on Congress for e-fairness solution [to tax collection disparities]" (NRF Blog)


"Arizona Panel to Consider Online Sales Tax Issue" (ABC / AP)


"Conflict minerals measure is stuck in Dodd-Frank" (Politico)


"Target Sells T-Shirts To Raise Money For Group Working To Defeat Gay Marriage Ban In Minnesota" (HuffPost / AP)


Other International


"China's manufacturing slows to a crawl" (CNN Money)


"[China Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau ('CIQ')] sets down rules for importing cosmetic samples in China" (Cosmetics Design Europe)


"Intellectual Property Developments in Asia: Korea" (Asian Fashion Law)


"Philippines Joins Madrid Protocol at World Intellectual Property Organisation" (Asian Fashion Law)


"Raid on Counterfeit Products Shuts Down Stalls, Shops in Botswana" (Sunday Standard)


"[Indian government] refers Reebok fraud case to SFIO ['Serious Fraud Investigation Office'] [following] probe by the income-tax department into the company’s finances" (LiveMint)


Luxury group PPR is moving (Le Figaro)


"Global Briefing | Could Africa be the Next Frontier for Fashion Retail?" (Business of Fashion; no affiliation)


"Getting Z-Visa Hard Task for Young Foreigners in China [Prompting Fashion Models To Develop Certain Tricks of the Trade]" (China Daily)


"Louis Vuitton So Last Season for China's Super Chic" (Reuters)


Oh, and Also, This


"Neiman Marcus Shopper Sues Store After It Won't Take Back Gifts From Cheating Ex-Husband" (ABC News)



"Lawyering in the Fashion Industry: A Practical Guide to Licensing, Trademark Protection & Other Industry Issues," at the NYC Bar Association (Wednesday, June 13, 2012; 9:00 am-12:30pm)


"Fashion And Entertainment Arts Legal Panel" at Full-Figured Fashion Week (Friday, June 15, 2012; 1:00 pm-3:00 pm)


"Careers in Entertainment [and Fashion] Law," at the NYC Bar Association (Thursday, June 21, 2012; 6:30 pm-8:30 pm)




Abercrombie & Fitch seeks Legal Counsel, Trademarks/Intellectual Property (Columbus, OH)


adidas Group seeks Brand Protection Lawyer (São Paulo, Brazil)


Amazon seeks Senior Corp Counsel (Shoes/Clothing) and Global Trade Counsel (Seattle, WA)


Avon seeks Contract Manufacturing Sourcing Manager (New York, NY)


Avon seeks Manager, Corporate and Retail Compliance (New York, NY)


Avon seeks Senior Attorney (New York, NY)


bebe seeks Corporate Counsel (Brisbane, CA)


Brown Shoe Co. (Famous Footwear, Naturalizer, Vera Wang, Via Spiga, etc.) seeks Real Estate Specialist (St. Louis, MO)


Brown Shoe Co. (Famous Footwear, Naturalizer, Vera Wang, Via Spiga, etc.) seeks Vice President, Real Estate (St. Louis, MO)


Carhartt seeks Director of Legal Affairs (Dearborn, MI)


EXPRESS seeks International Franchise Attorney (Columbus, OH)


H&M seeks Senior Labor Relations Specialist (New York, NY)


J. Crew seeks Imports Assistant (New York, NY)


Kohl’s seeks Corporate Paralegal (Menomonee Falls, WI)


L'Oréal seeks Patent Attorney, R&I (Trenton, NJ)


Luxottica seeks Contracts Paralegal (Mason, OH)


Nike seeks Trademark Paralegal (Portland, OR)


QVC seeks Assistant General Counsel, Product Advertising and Claims (West Chester, PA)


SanMar Corporation seeks Director of Vendor Compliance (Issaquah, WA)


True Religion seeks Director of Licensing (Greater Los Angeles, CA)


Warnaco (Calvin Klein Jeans, etc.) seeks Customs Compliance Manager (New York, NY) 

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