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04.20.2014
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PEACE REIGNS: It looks like there’s another group that’s even more exclusive than the luxury world. Eight days after the Hells Angels sued Alexander McQueen, Saks Fifth Avenue and Zappos.com over the sale of Alexander McQueen merchandise bearing a winged skull logo and the Hells Angels’ trademarked name, the members-only motorcycle club is settling with the luxury fashion house and retailers. Fritz Clapp, the attorney who filed the trademark infringement lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court for the Hells Angels, said the three companies have removed the Alexander McQueen knuckle-duster rings, clutches, jacquard dress and pashmina, retailing for between $495 and $2,329, from their Web sites and stores. While the Hells Angels also requested financial damages based on profits earned by the fashion companies on the merchandise, Clapp said there is currently no estimate on the exact number of items that were sold. Having used the marks since its inception in 1948, the Hells Angels offer the patches, clothing and jewelry bearing the mark only to members. “They consider it quite exclusive,” Clapp said. “They consider themselves members, not someone who bought a $495 ring.”

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