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A MATERIAL LAWSUIT: A lawyer representing L.A. Triumph Inc., the California-based apparel manufacturer that is suing Madonna in federal court for trademark infringement over her Material Girl junior line for Macy’s, said his client has trademark rights stemming from first use of the name. Attorney Peter Afrasiabi said the company has sold its own Material Girl line to retailers such as Nordstrom and Ross Stores since 1997. The fact that Madonna’s song “Material Girl” topped the pop charts in 1984 “is not germane,” Afrasiabi said.
“If she’s going to be in junior apparel, my client certainly has a strong problem,” with the name use, he said. The firm has cited “deception” in the marketplace.
Nigro Karlin Segal & Feldstein LLP, the Los Angeles-based business management firm that applied for the “Material Girl” trademark on behalf of Iconix Brand Group in December, didn’t return a call for comment. Representatives for Macy’s, Madonna and Iconix declined to comment.