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Gucci Gets Their Day In Court With GUESS

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Lawyers for Gucci and GUESS kicked off their copyright infringement battle in a New York federal court on Wednesday.

Here's the deets: in 2009 the Italian fashion house sued the jeans company for knocking off $200 million in Gucci product by "using a variety of design elements, including a block letter 'G', a combination of green and red stripes and diamond-logoed motifs".

Gucci's lead attorney Louis Ederer said in his opening statement:

"This case is not about following fashion trends. It’s about a massive, complicated scheme to knock off Gucci’s best-known and iconic designs."

He also added they had a "clear intent" to make shoppers "think it’s Gucci", but GUESS' attorney Daniel Petrocelli begged to differ. He fired back:

"Guess is not Gucci. It has no reason to be like Gucci and it did not scheme to be like Gucci…At the end of the day, it’s got to show up in the product, the proof is in the product. Gucci fabric, Gucci this, Gucci swatches. This is how they talk. That’s how they identify looks and feels and fabrics.…This case is built on a house of cards. That you can create intent from whole clothing and run it back and collect $220 million."

And that was only the first day!?

This is going to be good!

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L'Wren Scott Bags A Lawsuit

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L'Wren Scott is being sued by another designer and it's all over the name 'Lula'.

In the lawsuit filed by Angelica Cota the LuLa handbags designer claims Scott's own 'Lula' handbag line is infringing on her trademark.

The California-based designer wants

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Abercrombie & Fitch's New Situation: A Lawsuit!

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The Situation is giving a whole new meaning to GTL : gym, tan, LAWSUIT.

The Jersey Shore star is finally taking legal action against the Abercrombie & Fitch after they publicly offered him money to NOT wear their clothes earlier this year.

According to the suit filed in Florida, Sitch claims A&F "infringed on the GTL and the Situation trademarks" through their lame publicity stunt and by selling shirt with the words "The Fitchuation" and "GTL…You Know The Deal" printed on them.

Mike is seeking at least $4 million in damages.

Ouch. Maybe next time Abercrombie will keep their mouths shut.

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UGG & Emu Settle Trademark Battle

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UGG Australia and Emu Australia have finally reached a settlement in their legal battle over the word "ugg".

In case you forgot, last year UGG Australia owner Decker Outdoor Corporation filed a trademark infringement against Emu saying their boots are "deliberately confusing customers".

Emu then filed a counter-claim, arguing UGG's trademark was obtained after a false statement to the US Trademark Office.

Now almost 9 months later, both sides have come to an agreement and the lawsuits will be completely dismissed.

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Christian Louboutin Sues Again!

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He's suing mad!

After filing a lawsuit against Yves Saint Laurent for infringing on his trademark red soles, Christian Louboutin is now going after Carmen Steffens for the same exact thing. But unlike YSL, the Steffens is ready to throw down in court.

In a statement released on Monday, the Brazilian company thinks it's "surprising that another brand is trying to reserve the rights to any color. The tones are not the same, and, as catalogs dating from 1996 can prove, Carmen Steffens shoes contain soles of all colors, including red."

Their international development director, Gabriel Spaniol, added:

"We are ready to provide unassailable evidence that we have been using colored soles, especially red, before Mr. Christian Louboutin popularized his."

Your move, Louboutin.

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Jay-Z Sued By Volcom

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Volcom wants Jay-Z's Roc Nation to stop throwing their diamonds in the sky, so they've sued.

In their complaint, the California-based skate clothing company claims the diamond-shaped logo used by Hova's music label is too close to Volcom's "stone" symbol and is causing confusion.

Volcom's used the "stone" since 1991, while Roc Nation only adopted the diamond in 2009. The clothing company tried sending Jay-Z & Co. cease and desist requests, but were ultimately ignored.

At the end of the day, Volcom is asking Roc Nation to stop using the logo, destroy any merch the features the logo as well as unspecified damages.

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Abercrombie Sues Surf Style For Using Their Seagull Logo

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What the flock!?

Abercrombie & Fitch is suing a Florida retail chain for allegedly jacking their Hollister seagull logo.

According to the court docs filed in Miami, Surf Style used a flying seagull that was "identical, or nearly identical, and confusingly similar to A&F’s seagull mark".

Abercrombie gave them a chance to avoid a suit by sending them a cease-and-desist letter in May 2010. Surf Style made an agreement with the preppy clothing company to stop using the rat with wings in July, but never followed through.

Now, A&F is not only seeking an injunction against the basic t-shirt company, but also wants them to destroy the infringing products and pay them in monetary damages.

A lawyer for Surf Style thinks the lawsuit is ridiculous since seagulls are so closely related to the beach.

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