Women’s Wear Daily
04.16.2014
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Legal Briefs

According to a Dec. 22 statement by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, Michael Bodner was arrested and charged with stealing more than $4 million from his former employer.

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Oakley Inc. filed a patent infringement lawsuit against 5.11 Inc. in a federal court in San Diego. According to legal documents, Oakley alleged that 5.11 sold eyewear that infringes on a patent it holds for "concavely indented lenses for eyewear." Oakley asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction and damages. The company 5.11 could not immediately be reached for comment.

Van Cleef & Arpels Logistics, Van Cleef & Arpels Inc. and Van Cleef & Arpels Distribution Inc. filed a lawsuit against Festival Marketplace, which is operated by Chester Brothers. The lawsuit was also filed against several other defendants: Christina's Creations, Christina Dilascio, Carmine Dilascio, Golden Images Jewelers Inc., Jay Trietman, Is It Real Sample Inc., Jerry Goldman, Jewelry Collection, Lola's Fine Jewelry Inc., Silver Wave and Taste of Beauty. According to the court documents filed in Miami on Dec. 18, all the defendants are either suppliers or jewelers that Van Cleef alleged sold copies of its Alhambra jewelry copyrights and trade dress. Van Cleef asked for an injunction, damages and trial costs. The defendants could not be reached for comment.

Louis Vuitton Malletier filed a lawsuit against Melissa E. Pierce, who is also known as Melissa McDonald and who does business as Cozy Critter, and Netfirms Inc. for vicarious trademark infringement. According to legal documents filed in a federal court on Dec. 14 in the Eastern District of California, Louis Vuitton alleged McDonald and Cozy Critter operate a Web site that sold handbags and accessories that infringe on its trademarks. Netfirms operates the servers that host the Web site, according to the court documents. Louis Vuitton asked the court for an injunction, damages and trial costs. The defendants could not be reached for comment.

Separately, also on Dec. 14, Louis Vuitton Malletier filed a lawsuit against Doktor Gurson, who does business as InexpensiveDomains and InexpensiveDomains.com LLC, and Tracy Jackson, who operates TopOfTheLineFashions. The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in San Francisco for alleged trademark infringement, copyright infringement, contributory and vicarious trademark infringement and contributory and vicarious copyright infringement. According to legal documents the defendants sold handbags and accessories that infringed on Louis Vuitton's registered intellectual property. The luxury goods manufacturer asked the court for an injunction, damages and trial costs. The defendants could not be reached for comment.
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