FTC Prepares for Stronger Enforcement and ASC Plans for the Same
Fashion & Business / legal / US and Canada

FTC Prepares for Stronger Enforcement and ASC Plans for the Same

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced that it will be looking more seriously at media companies in addition to the brands and individuals themselves. Sponsored content has become a major part of companies looking to secure digital revenue. However, the FTC is concerned about sponsored content causing confusion in consumers. Specifically, that the sponsored content … Continue reading

Give me a Yay! The Varsity Brands decision
Canadian Law / Copyright / Fashion & Business / IP / legal / US and Canada / US Fashion / US Law

Give me a Yay! The Varsity Brands decision

It is the talk of the town. On March 22 the US Supreme Court decided the Star Athletica LLC v. Varsity Brands Inc. case that dealt with the copyrightability of designs on articles of clothing. Cheerleading uniforms were at issue in this case. The question before the courts was whether the design on the cheerleading uniform was protected … Continue reading

Steve Madden in hot water…again
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Steve Madden in hot water…again

Steve Madden is in trouble again. Just as it thought it was done with the commotion of its trade dress battle with Altuzarra, it has gotten into trouble with Dr. Martens over Madden’s production of a boot that bears striking similarities to Dr. Martens’ most famous boot.  Dr. Martens is alleging that Steve Madden is making … Continue reading

WWD: Someone on your turf – Fashion victim to trademark squatting
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WWD: Someone on your turf – Fashion victim to trademark squatting

Cybersquatting is the “abusive registration of trademarks as domain names”. Imagine you were a growing brand and wanted to expand your scope to the cyber world. You look to register your brand, and you see that the website already exists, with your trademark, and it seems to exist for no real purpose. You are a … Continue reading

Behind the Outlet Veil: Shedding Light on Outlet Pricing
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Behind the Outlet Veil: Shedding Light on Outlet Pricing

Scenario 1: As you rifle through the racks of delicately, and often indelicately, hung items you search for that perfect item. Your eyes spot your favourite brand hanging casually amongst many others. You immediately think to yourself, “how did this end up here?”. As you touch the fabric, it feels less soft than you remember … Continue reading

Financial Post: BCBG Max Azria to close Canadian stores as company files for bankruptcy
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Financial Post: BCBG Max Azria to close Canadian stores as company files for bankruptcy

Every day I pass by the enormous sale signs flooding the BCBG location at 68th and Broadway and think to myself, “what a shame”. I can take no solace in Canada either where all 51 stores are closing. BCBG Max Group’s Canadian affiliate has also filed for voluntary reorganization proceedings under the Canadian Bankruptcy and … Continue reading