Los Angeles, CA (CNS) – Retailer Express is claiming that Forever 21 broke copyright and trade-dress laws after Forever 21 sold exact copies of four types of men’s shorts and a jacket that Express designed. Attorneys for Express filed suit against the bargain retailer on June 23 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for unspecified damages.
Young Kwon, legal counsel for Forever 21, has not commented on the suit, saying he has yet to receive the complaint. Express is being represented by Colucci & Umans, a legal firm based out of New York who also recently represented designer Trovata in another suit against Forever 21 after claims of trade-dress infringement. The case ended in a mistrial, but will be back in court in October.
To add insult to injury, the attorney for Express is also alleging that Forever 21 has a history of engaging in a pattern of “shop and copy,” which mean purchasing items from competitors and having their manufacturing company make exact copies which are then sold in stores.