Fashion law roundup (or rather, catch-up; Part 1 of 2): Valentino acquired; hair extension theft; Kate Spade accused; ACTA dead?

Posted by Charles Colman

It's been quite a while since LAW OF FASHION last brought you highlights from the world of fashion law and business.  (But you have to admit, there's been some good stuff in between: I told you about my new role at the American Bar Association, covered an important development in copyright law, and offered valuable advice on how (not) to become a "fashion lawyer.")

Recognizing that much of this news is no longer fresh, I'm going to pick and choose the stories posted to the official LAW OF FASHION ® LinkedIn group over the past month that I deem the most important, the most absurd, or otherwise worthy of mention, and list them in reverse chronological order.  You need to be a member of the LinkedIn group to comment on these stories, but that shouldn't be a problem, right?  I mean, really, we've talked about this before.



(the next installment will bring us up to the present)

"Intellectual Property Magazine's July 2012 article on the Gucci America v. Guess? trial (and its aftermath), by Charles Colman" (LAW OF FASHION ®)

"Feds crackdown on websites allegedly selling fake NFL jerseys" (Deseret News)


"Topshop forms joint venture with Nordstrom" (Reuters)


"New China Regulations Seen Hurting Luxury Sales" (WWD; sub. required)

"Chris Burch's fashion company may face a new rival, but it won't be with his ex Tory Burch - Kate Spade brand planning to unveil new line that could compete for C. Wonder's customers" (NY Post)


"Gaultier enters home textiles - Designer inks licensing pact with Paris-based Lelievre" (WWD; sub. required)

"Colors as Trademarks: The Gloves Are On In This Baseball Brawl" (Foley Hoag / JD Supra)


"Guess Insurers Can’t Duck Coverage For Gucci IP Battles" (in this epic litigation) (Law360; sub. required)

"Federal law needed to fight retail crime, chains say" (and other interesting stories) (ICSC)

"ChinaFile: New Lease on Life for Some Old [Government-Owned] Brands" (WWD; free article)

"The Luxury Sector's Political Agenda [in Europe]"(The Business of Beauty)

"Hugo Boss Group and Safilo announce the early renewal of their eyewear license agreement until [2020]" (Press Release)

"China's trade surplus widens in June on slowing imports" (BBC News)

"The Growing Allure of Plant Patenting for Brand Differentiation" (Lane Powell / JD Supra)

"Cash-strapped women are painting their shoe soles red to get the Louboutin look for less" (again) (Telegraph (UK))

"CETA [Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement] is the new ACTA [Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement]: Leaked intellectual property chapter sparks angst" (

"[French 'retail-to-luxury' conglomerate] PPR Confirms It’s In Talks To Acquire Chinese Luxury Company" (Bloomberg News)

"A Blatant Mulberry Bag Knockoff?" (and the many legal issues it raises) (The Fashion Law)

"Making Sense of the YSL Retrobranding [from 'Yves Saint Laurent' to 'Saint Laurent Paris'" (Business of Fashion; no affiliation)

"Confirmed: Qatar Royal Family Investment Group Buys Valentino for $858 Million" (Fashionista)

"Second Life Fashion Designer Raising $20,000 to Pay for Real-Life Legal Fees in Copyright Dispute" (New World Notes)

"Woman allegedly fired over her Cleopatra-esque makeup"(HuffPost Style)

"Billabong for sale?" (Fashion United)

"Chicago Hair Extension Theft Involves Battering Through Walls, Dodging Motion Detectors" (HuffPost Style)

"[Cook County] woman charged with selling fake designer purses; 500 bags recovered" (Chicago Sun-Times)

"Gujarat [Indian state's] govt to soon announce integrated textile policy" (

"How to become a fashion lawyer, Part 1: Clerk! (No, wait, that's incredibly unhelpful advice. Sorry.)" (LAW OF FASHION ®)

"[Boston Herald] firm makes offer to buy Christopher & Banks" (Boston Herald)

"How Many Lives Does A Brand Have?" (FastCompany)

"Sanofi to shed 19.3% stake in [French cosmetics company] Yves Rocher" (plus additional coverage in French, from Le Télégramme) (MarketWatch)

"That Intern That Sued Hearst Is Now Suing [Dana Lorenz‘s jewelry company] Fenton Fallon" (Styleite)

"[Complaint filed in Manhattan federal court calls] Fashionista [Kate] Spade a ‘Poppy’cat" (NY Post)

"EU Parliament Rejects Anti-Counterfeit Pact [a/k/a 'ACTA']" (WSJ)

"Made in China: Why knockoffs disappeared from Beijing markets [for two weeks]" (Yahoo! News)

"[Copyright Law's] First Sale [Doctrine] Gets A Second Life in Europe [FYI, kind of huge]" (Corante)

"Nike has trouble shaking 'BOOM YO!' lawsuit; Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation would grant dismissal of only half of plaintiff's trademark and trademark-like claims" (LAW OF FASHION ®)

"The Wilhelmina Lawsuit" (plus court documents, for your reference) (The Fashion Law)

"Jessica Alba Wraps Up Suit Over Belly Bandit Ads" (plus case docket) (IP 360; sub. required)

"Why Raf Simons’s Triumphant Debut for Dior Marks a Dramatic Shift in Couture" (Fashionista)

"Revival of the Schiaparelli Brand Continues" (NY Times)

"North Korea Relaxes Fashion Rules: Why We Should Celebrate" (Asian Fashion Law)

"Cotton trade to decline in new cotton year [beginning in August 2012]" (

"Fashion Photographer Sues Mediaite Over Photographs of Kate Moss' Sister" (THR Esq.)

"Court Reporter Kicked Out Of Murder Trial For Wearing Gold Disco Pants" (HuffPost Style)

"5 ways to avoid trouble with the Department of Labor" (Inside Counsel)

"PETA Bashes Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen for $16,900 Fur Bag, Calls Them 'Trollsens'" (Fashionista)

"[Fashion] Industry Weighs a Socialist France" (WWD; sub. required)

"Revlon acquires certain assets of Bari Cosmetics" (

"UN, Fashion Industry Team Up to Support African Manufacturing" (Ecouterre)

"Chris Burch Explains How C.Wonder is Different Than Tory Burch: 'We’re More About Happy, Fun, Whimsical'" (Fashionista)

"Australia's [#2 department store chain] David Jones says unknown UK private equity firm makes $1.7 billion bid" (Reuters)

"Galeries Lafayette achète le bijoutier Didier Guérin" ["Galeries Lafayette buys jeweler Didier Guérin"; Google Chrome will translate the article for you] (Le Figaro)

"Casino, Galeries Lafayette settle Monoprix spat" (Reuters)

"NY City Council Overrides Mayor Mike's Veto On Wage Hikes" (IBT)

"Michael Kors Latest to Take on Cybersquatters" (WWD; sub. required)

"Coty files to go public after Avon snub" (Reuters)

"Supreme Court forces Nike to defend its right not to defend its trademarks" (Reuters)

"Adam Lippes Buys Back Namesake Label" (WWD; sub. required)

"Protest store says good-baa to wool" (The Standard (HK))

"Osaka Tattoo Ban Prohibits Visible Ink For City Employees" (HuffPost)

"Shanghai Metro 'dress code' warning sparks debate" (BBC News)

"Copyright convention spooks Beijing's pirates" (The Age (AUS))


"Lady Gaga Gets Litigious With Cosmetics Company" (Velvet Roper)

"Customs Seizes Fake Levi's at Texas Border" (WWD; sub. required)

"Hedgie sues poker pro ex-wife over her 1,200-pair designer shoe collection" (NY Post)

"FTC Seeks Public Input on Jewelry Industry Marketing Guides" (FTC)

"Revlon settles lawsuit with investor" (Reuters)

"Counterfeit Merchandise on the Rise in North Texas" (

"Is the Makeup Counter Making You Sick?" (Yahoo! / ABC News)

"Senate approves US farm bill" (with major implications for cotton/apparel/international trade) (FT)

"European trade committee votes to reject piracy treaty" (BBC News)

"Vendors Arrested for Sale of Counterfeit [I Love NY] T-Shirts" (NY Times)

"Nike becomes first UK company to have Twitter campaign banned" (Guardian)

"Tommy Hilfiger on expansion spree in India; other retailers entering the market through joint ventures" (The Economic Times)

"Knitters Outraged After U.S. Olympic Committee Squashes Knitting Olympics—and Disses Knitters" (Gawker)

"Prada Says MaxMara Bilked It Out Of Hawaii Boutique Lease" (plus a link to the complaint) (Law360; sub. required)

"2nd Circ. Panel Skeptical Of Claim To Yankees Top-Hat Logo" (IP 360; sub. required)

"African Apparel: [U.S. Trade Representative] Highlights the Importance of AGOA ['African Growth and Opportunity Act']" (Fashion Cloture)

"Disabled woman [allegedly] asked to leave Ann Taylor store because of guide dog" (, Utah)

"Nude Artist's Model Zoe West Files Suit Against New York City For Violating Civil Rights" (HuffPost Arts)

"Trans-Pacific partners invite Canada to the table - Canada to join trade talks with Asia-Pacific nations" (CBC News)

"Test Prep Co. Bags 'Coach' Trademark Win" [at Trademark Trial and Appeals Board, after Federal Circuit's limited remand] (IP 360; sub. required)

"U.S., EU Lean on China at WTO Forum" (WWD; sub. required)

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