Doniger / Burroughs and Caribbean Blues Prevail at Trial over Target and LF USA

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.

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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.

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