Los Angeles, CA – The jury returned a verdict yesterday in the heavily-litigated case styled Unicolors, Inc. v. Urban Outfitters, Inc.
Unicolors, a fabric designer, is represented by Doniger / Burroughs in that action.
Before trial commenced, the Court granted a summary adjudication motion filed by Doniger / Burroughs that established that Urban Outfitters had infringed Unicolors’ copyrights in a unique fabric design by selling garments bearing a knock-off design. At trial, the jury was to consider the damages caused by Urban Outfitters’ infringement, and whether Urban Outfitters’ infringement was willful. The jury found against Urban Outfitters on both issues. The jury found that Urban Outfitters’ infringement was willful – that Urban Outfitters knew that it was committing copyright infringement when it engaged in the misconduct at issue. The jury also awarded $164,400.00 in damages against defendants.
Urban Outfitters had previously ignored a cease and desist letter sent by Unicolors, and at no time before trial did Urban Outfitters make a settlement offer. During trial, it argued that damages could not possibly be more than $475.00.
The only issue remaining in the case is Unicolors’ motion for attorneys’ fees.
Unicolors is represented by Scott A. Burroughs, Trevor W. Barrett, and Stephen M. Doniger of Doniger / Burroughs.
Urban Outfitters is represented by Miles D. Scully and Tara L. Martin of Gordon & Rees.