Doniger / Burroughs Client Prevails on Summary Judgment against Urban Outfitters in Fashion Law Dispute

Venice, CA – A major ruling was issued yesterday in a fashion law dispute currently pending in Los Angeles. Unicolors, a textile design company represented by Doniger / Burroughs, brought a motion for summary judgment against Urban Outfitters, a garment ‘designer,’ retailer, and repeat copyright infringer. The motion requested that the Court find as a matter of law that Urban Outfitters had created, imported, and distributed garments bearing a textile design that infringed Unicolors’ rights in one of its proprietary textile designs. Urban Outfitters zealously opposed the motion, but the Court rejected Urban Outfitters’ various positions and ruled in favor of Unicolors, finding that Urban Outfitters was liable for copyright infringement.

This finding echoed a prior ruling against Urban Outfitters. Less than three years ago, Urban Outfitters was found liable by the Court for copyright infringement in a case brought by another Doniger / Burroughs client.

Urban Outfitters’ sordid track record reveals that it does not care much for the intellectual property rights of others. The case will now proceed to trial on the issue of damages.

Unicolors is represented by Scott A. Burroughs and Trevor W. Barrett of Doniger / Burroughs.

Urban Outfitters is represented by Tara L. Martin and Miles D. Scully of Gordon & Rees.

For more information, contact Grace Garcia at (310) 590-1820.

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