Doniger / Burroughs Prevails on Summary Judgment in Fashion / Copyright Dispute

Venice, CA – Judge Beverly O’Connell this week issued a blockbuster written opinion granting a motion for summary adjudication filed by Doniger / Burroughs attorneys Scott Alan Burroughs, Esq. and Trevor W. Barrett, Esq. The motion sought a determination of the question of whether Connection 18, a New York fashion company, had committed infringement when it exploited without authorization certain floral artwork developed and owned by a Doniger / Burroughs client. Connection 18 printed the artwork on tops it sold into the fashion marketplace. The artwork (left) and an exemplar of the infringing tops (right) are pictured below:

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Mr. Barrett argued the motion at hearing opposite Connection 18’s counsel, Peter E. Perkowski, Esq. Judge O’Connell found Mr. Barrett’s advocacy persuasive, and granted the motion in full, resolving the issue of liability for copyright infringement in favor of the Doniger / Burroughs’s client. The case will proceed to trial this fall to address the amount of damages that Connection 18 must pay as a result of its infringement.

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