Breaking: In a copyright case involving the unlawful use of a fabric design, the jury has returned a verdict in favor of firm client Caribbean Blues, and against Target Corp. and LF USA.
LF USA obtained one of Caribbean Blues’ proprietary textile design by procuring a garment bearing that design from a company in Korea. LF USA then modified the design slightly, printed it on garments, and attempted to pass them off as an “exclusive” to Target. LF USA and Target subsequently sold hundreds of thousands of units of this infringing product.
The defendants’ attorneys had asked the jury to award to the plaintiff no more than $50,000.00. Clearly rejecting the defense attorneys’ arguments, the jury returned a verdict of $389,000.00 in favor of Plaintiff. This award is one of the largest fashion copyright verdicts of 2011.