Express Sues Forever 21

November 11, 2009 • Fashion


The founders of Forever 21 will be in court for a copyright lawsuit … again. This time, it will be with the company Express this September.

Express filed a lawsuit in California's Central District Court in June against Los Angeles based Forever 21, saying that the company copied four of its copyrighted plaid patterns for men's shorts, as well as an order for an alleged trade dress infringement for a zippered jacket.

Though there are court documents stating that Forever 21 founders Do Won Chang and Jin Sook Chang had “no direct personal knowledge” of the garments in question, Magistrate Judge Victor Kenton denied a motion to shield them from the depositions last week.

This is not the first time that Forever 21 has been taken to court for stealing clothing ideas. The company has been sued dozens of times for alleged "intellectual property violations", including an incident involving designer Diane von Furstenberg. Though many of the cases have been settled out of court, do not expect this to be the last of it.

—Taneisha Jordan

Source: WWD


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