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|Out of Africa: Business Summit Focuses On Renewal of AGOA|
September 5, 2014, previously published on August 28, 2014The United States government in conjunction with the Bloomberg Philanthropies held the first ever US-Africa Business Summit on August 4-6, 2014 to discuss trade opportunities in Africa. A primary focus of discussion at the summit was the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a regulation passed...
|RevoLaze Files New 337 Complaint Regarding Certain Laser Abraded Denim Garments|
Alexander B. Englehart, Eric W. Schweibenz; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
August 21, 2014, previously published on August 19, 2014On August 18, 2014, RevoLaze, LLC and TechnoLines, LLC (collectively, "RevoLaze")—both of Westlake, Ohio—filed a complaint requesting that the ITC commence an investigation pursuant to Section 337.
|Trending Information: The Connection Between Data Brokers and the Fashion Industry|
Lindsay Colvin, Theodore C. Max; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 24, 2014Consumers frequently reveal personal information about themselves through a variety of daily online and offline activities. For fashion designers and retailers, this consumer information represents a valuable tool to identify, target, and expand customer advertising and messaging. This...
|Fur Flies and West Hollywood (“WeHo”) Fur Ban Is Upheld By Federal Court|
Jordan Grushkin, Theodore C. Max; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
July 16, 2014, previously published on July 3, 2014West Hollywood, California’s controversial law banning the sale of fur within city limits survived a legal challenge by a luxury retailer last month. A federal court dismissed the action brought by Mayfair House Inc., a retailer that sells high-end clothing products, including products made...
|International Safe Harbor Privacy Compliance: What You Need to Know|
Calvin Berman, Theodore C. Max; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
July 16, 2014, previously published on July 14, 2014Since early 2014, the Federal Trade Commission has charged at least fourteen U.S. businesses in varying industries, from fashion to telecommunications, for falsely claiming to participate in the US ¿ EU Safe Harbor privacy. Three of the companies were also charged with similar violations of...
|New Updated FTC Care Labeling Rules: “Do’s and Don’ts”|
Theodore C. Max, Gregg Re'; Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP;
July 16, 2014, previously published on June 26, 2014The Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) enforces federal labeling requirements that require manufacturers, importers, sellers and distributors of certain textile and wool clothing to accurately label their products. For example, FTC rules require that manufacturers indicate the country of...
|Fashion: It is a Business|
Alan Behr; Phillips Nizer LLP;
June 3, 2014, previously published on May 19, 2014In business law, whatever the business might be, commercial considerations come first. An airtight contract or brilliantly argued appeal means nothing if it showcases the lawyer’s prowess but fails to deliver on the client’s business objectives. For anyone practicing fashion law, the...
|Preventing Trouble From “Popping Up”|
Steven J. Rabinowitz; Phillips Nizer LLP;
June 3, 2014, previously published on May 19, 2014Pop-up stores have become fashionable among small businesses and large companies alike because they offer a company the opportunity to sell merchandise and to test retailing concepts with minimal investment. They are also advantageous for landlords who hope to rent space that is temporarily being...
|Aesthetic Functionality in the TTAB since Louboutin|
Anna L. King; Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.;
May 2, 2014, previously published on April 21, 2014The doctrine of aesthetic functionality was revived in the recent Louboutin case to protect the competitive need to use color to communicate a particular message. In that case, Christian Louboutin S.A. tried to enforce its trademarked red lacquered outsole against Yves Saint Laurent’s use of...
|OSHA, the New Fracking Sheriff in Town|
John D. Surma; Adams and Reese LLP;
April 29, 2014, previously published on April 18, 2014On February 13, 2013, the San Antonio Express-News published an article titled “Eagle Ford pay is high, but work can be fatal.” On February 15, 2013, the Houston Chronicle published an article titled “Fatalities accompany Eagle Ford Boom.” Both articles were republished in...