Doniger / Burroughs Prevails on Summary Judgment in Fashion Industry Case against Urban Outfitters

[Copyright Law] [Fashion Law][Litigation]

Los Angeles, CA – United Fabrics Int’l., Inc., represented by Scott A. Burroughs at Doniger / Burroughs APC, filed a copyright action against Urban Outfitters in 2010. At issue in the case were “Free People” garments that Urban Outfitters had created in Taiwan, and which were then imported into the United States and sold to the public through Urban Outfitters retail stores.

United Fabrics alleged that the “Free People” garments imported from Taiwan bore a design that had been copied from United Fabrics’ proprietary design line. Urban Outfitter vehemently disagreed, arguing that United Fabrics could not establish it held a valid copyright, and that its design had not been copied. The Court, after considering a lengthy motion for summary judgment filed by Mr. Burroughs, voiced its agreement with United Fabrics’ position. Specifically, it granted United Fabrics’ Motion, and found that Urban Outfitters violated the Copyright Act and is liable for copyright infringement.

The case will now proceed to trial to establish the amount of damages for which Urban Outfitters is responsible.

United Fabrics Int’l., Inc. is represented by Scott A. Burroughs of Doniger / Burroughs APC

Urban Outfitters, Inc. is represented by Tara Martin of Gordon & Rees

 For more information, please contact Kenneth Holmes at (310) 590-1820, or 

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