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Doniger / Burroughs Obtains Discovery Sanctions in Lace Design Dispute

Venice, CA – Doniger / Burroughs client Klauber Bros., one of the world’s oldest lace design companies, is locked in a copyright dispute with an intimate apparel company and two retailers. International Intimates obtained from Klauber Bros. a number of samples of Klauber Bros.’ proprietary lace designs. Instead of then buying the lace with these designs from Klauber Bros., International Intimates covertly created at an overseas mill a number of different garments that look to bear near-verbatim copies of Klauber Bros.’ proprietary lace designs. Perhaps because of the clear evidence of infringement facing International Intimates, the company engaged in obfuscatory tactics during the evidentiary exchange portion of the pending cases. Doniger / Burroughs filed a motion with the Court to address this misconduct and seek sanctions. On February 18, 2015, the Court granted this request, ordering International Intimates to produce further evidence of the conduct at issue, and to pay to Doniger / Burroughs monetary sanctions.

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

International Intimates is represented by Robert F Helfing of Sedgwick LLP.

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

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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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