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Alexander Wang Settles Sweatshop Suit
Posted on 16 Aug 2012 by Law 360: Legal News

Fashion designer Alexander Wang on Monday resolved a suit by former employees claiming his Chinatown facility in New York City was a sweatshop where workers were subjected to a hostile work environment because of their race and were denied overtime pay... Read More

Louis Vuitton and The Hangover II: A Trademark Battle between Beauty and the Beast
Posted on 19 Jun 2012 by Travis Burchart

How come The Hangover II can't keep its grubby mitts out of IP law. Last year, the movie did a bit of copyright battle with Mike Tyson's tattoo artist . That makes a little sense; boxing, tattoos and hangovers might fit into some sort of loose... Read More

Creative--Arty or Disabled
Posted on 12 Nov 2012 by Lisa Burton

By Lisa Burton of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Known for its creative and avant-garde employees, the fashion industry is poised to be the first industry to address the ADA Amendments 1 and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). On October 15... Read More

Valuing the Invaluable: US Government Looks at IP’s Contribution to Economy
Posted on 16 Apr 2012 by Ashlee Froese

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP The US Commerce Department, in conjunction with the US Patent and Trademarks Office, recently issued a report that looked at the economic contributions of intellectual property to the US economy. It's no joke... Read More

The Other Shoe Drops
Posted on 13 Jun 2012 by Ashlee Froese

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP Zut alors! Christian Louboutin is not having a good year with the judicial system and must be seeing red! CanadaFashionLaw has extensively covered Christian Louboutin's dispute with Yves Saint Laurent... Read More

Canadian Media Houses Battle Over Fashionable Trade-marks
Posted on 2 May 2012 by Ashlee Froese

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP A decision was recently released relating to Toronto Life Publishing Company Limited and its successor company 1772887 Ontario Limited taking on Bell Canada in respect of its fashion-related blog in an opposition... Read More

Troutman Sanders LLP: Jos. A. Bank Faces Class Action Over “Never-Ending” Sale
Posted on 23 Apr 2012 by Troutman Sanders

By Karen F. Lederer and Eric L. Unis On April 5, 2012, two consumers filed a proposed class action in federal court in New Jersey against Jos. A. Bank, alleging that the men's clothing retailer perpetually misrepresented its merchandise as being... Read More

“Trending Topics”: What the Fashion Industry Needs to Know Now about Employment Law
Posted on 1 Jun 2011 by Elise Bloom and Michelle Annese

By Elise M. Bloom and Michelle A. Annese 1 "Follow us on Twitter!" "Like us on Facebook!" These phrases have become a common part of our everyday lexicon. However, the social media explosion is not limited to our personal lives... Read More

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: Fashion Film Art Movement
Posted on 27 Jun 2012 by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

By Victoria Lee and Ted Max In this hyper-digital age, the designer brand's focus has gradually shifted from primarily print advertising media to reaching consumers through the Internet and many forms of social media with branded entertainment... Read More

Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys - Now Searchable on
Posted on 12 Mar 2012 by brian.scanlon placeholder

The global fashion and apparel industry has grown to represent a $3 trillion market. Therefore, a new area of law is required to help guide fashion designers and executives through the legal quandaries peculiar to fashion. Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers... Read More

What's Happening on the Modelling Side of the Fashion Industry
Posted on 29 Oct 2012 by Ashlee Froese

By Ashlee Froese of Gilbert's LLP Model Behaviour With Toronto's Fashion Week kicking off this week [Oct. 22-26], Toronto's streets have been filled with models strutting between "go sees" for the last couple of weeks. We thought... Read More