Wednesday, April 28, 2010
GET LUCKY Brand Has Good Fortune at Trial against Liz Claiborne dba Lucky Brand
In the verdict, which followed five days of trial, jurors found that Liz Claiborne and Lucky Brand sold garments that infringed the "GET LUCKY" trademark owned by Marcel Fashion, owner of GET LUCKY. The jury also found that the companies' infringement amounted to unfair competition under federal law. The jury awarded $300,000 in actual damages and punitive damages of $280,000.
Lucky Brand originally sued Marcel Fashion and its licensee Ally Apparel for trademark infringement in 2005, but evidence showed that Marcel Fashion had registered and used the trademark "GET LUCKY" years before Lucky Brand was even formed. Last year, the Court sanctioned Lucky Brand, represented by Greenberg Traurig, for its repeated discovery violations and awarded partial summary judgment on some of Marcel's trademark counterclaims and breach of a 2003 settlement agreement with Marcel Fashion. McCool Smith represented the GET LUCKY brand owners. The case is Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc., et al. v. Ally Apparel Resources LLC, USDC SDNY. Case No. 1:2005cv067.