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Doniger / Burroughs Prevails at the Ninth Circuit in Fashion Law Case Against Urban Outfitters

Venice, CA – The Ninth Circuit today published its highly anticipated Opinion in the matter styled Unicolors, Inc. v. Urban Outfitters, Inc.; et al. The Opinion rejected the arguments advanced by Urban Outfitters and affirmed the propriety of the $520,000.00 judgment obtained by Doniger / Burroughs client Unicolors and entered against Urban Outfitters in the underlying copyright infringement action, which arose after Urban Outfitters copied Unicolors’ artwork onto garments that it sold across the United States. Urban Outfitters was found to have willfully violated Unicolors copyrights, a finding that has now been upheld on appeal.

A discussion of the case and Opinion can be found here: https://www.law360.com/ip/articles/909257/urban-outfitters-can-t-scrap-fabric-ip-loss-at-9th-circ

Doniger / Burroughs attorneys Scott Alan Burroughs, Esq. and Trevor W. Barrett, Esq. represented the prevailing plaintiff and appellee.

Gordon Rees attorneys Stephanie P. Alexander, Esq. and Tara L. Martin, Esq. represented the defendant and appellant.

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Doniger / Burroughs Files Copyright Suit against LulaRoe

Venice, CA – The Doniger / Burroughs firm has filed suit on behalf of a European artist whose original work has been stolen by controversial fashion industry upstart LulaRoe. The artist created the “Cool Lion” artwork and exclusively owns the rights in his artwork, but that didn’t stop LulaRoe from copying the artist’s artwork onto garments that it then sold into the marketplace. The case is currently pending in the United States District Court in Los Angeles, California. Exemplars of the artwork at issue are set forth below (click the art for a more detailed image).

While the Cool Lion appears to be a pretty chill character, this infringement of an artist’s rights is just cowardly.

The plaintiff in this case is represented by Scott Alan Burroughs, Esq. of Doniger / Burroughs.

 

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Doniger / Burroughs Prevails on Summary Judgment in Fashion Law Case

Venice, CA – In a decision out of the Central District of California today, the Honorable Otis D. Wright II has granted summary judgment in favor of a Doniger / Burroughs client on a copyright claim involving the misappropriation of a fabric design. The artist in that case created the design at issue and was successfully marketing fabric bearing said design when the defendant, B&Y Fashion, began selling garments bearing a direct copy of the artist’s design. Judge Wright approved the arguments advanced by Doniger / Burroughs on behalf of the artist and found that B&Y was liable for copyright infringement.

Scott Alan Burroughs, Esq. and Trevor W. Barrett, Esq. of Doniger / Burroughs represent the plaintiff.

Orlando Cabanday, Esq. represents the defense.

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    Doniger / Burroughs is California’s premier fashion, art, entertainment, and technology law boutique. The firm has resolved more than 1,000 disputes over the almost 20 years it has been in existence, and has represented all manner of individuals and businesses in the creative industries. Its lawyers have extensive state and federal court experience, and hail from well-regarded law schools. The firm has been on the forefront of cutting-edge copyright law, appearing often before judges, juries, and the Courts of Appeal. It has tried more copyright infringement cases than virtually any other firm over the last 5-10 years, and has obtained for its clients numerous six- and seven-figure verdicts and settlements.

    The firm is committed to representing artists and content creators, and enforcing intellectual property rights. It has litigated successfully against many of the nation’s largest retailers, film and television studios, web sites, and news organizations. Its partners speak and write often on art and copyright law issues, and devote significant time and resources to ensuring a level playing field for those responsible for the creation of art and content.