Brian Lichtenberg is famous for parodying designer apparel, but apparently it’s not nearly as funny when a member of his own family does the same to him!
The controversial designer is suing his brother Christopher to the tune of $100 million in damages for selling his "Ballin" design.
The lawsuit claims Brian "came up with the original idea to create a parody logo for the designer Balmain" and that he "would often use [Christopher] for a sounding board for his confidential . . . parody ideas".
Brian believes his brother stole the design when his own company, Alex & Chloe was failing, saying:
"Christopher’s desperation for money caused him to set out to steal the 'Ballin’ parody design"
He goes on to allege Christopher misrepresented himself to people and companies in the industry by making them believe the design was his original idea.
And for good measure, Brian throws in that his brother "continues to struggle with alcoholism, depression and various other psychological disorders, that have contributed to Christopher’s actions which have given rise to the causes of action set forth in this Complaint."
Wow. Way to kick him when he's down!
Naturally, Christiopher's reps vehemently deny the claims, saying in a statement:
"As we have always stated, the Ballin and Ballin Paris design is an Original design made by and for Alex & Chloe. The [designs were] NOT designed by Brian Lichtenberg. Accept no Imitations."
To make matters more inneresting, "Ballin" products are currently still available for sale on both brothers' sites, so customers would probs never even know the two are in the midst of a bitter legal battle if they tried to buy the shirt!
Ch-ch-check out some of the products in question below!!
[Image via Brian Lichtenberg/Facebook.]
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