As reported by The Fashion Law, in an ironic turn of events, retailer Forever 21, which has been sued over 50 times in recent years for copying others’ protected designs, has filed suit against C. Luce and CornerStone Apparel (doing business as TCEC and Papaya Clothing, respectively) for infringing on one of its protected designs.
The suit centers around the pattern on Ikat printed harem pants, and while the specific items of clothing potentially infringing on Forever 21’s protected designs are not identified in the complaint, Yahoo! Style contains pictures of the allegedly infringing Papaya pants that contain a seemingly similar style to those offered by Forever 21. According to the complaint filed in early 2017 in the Central District Court of California, Forever 21 claims that both companies infringed on its copyrighted design, causing it to lose profits and harming its reputation as a designer and seller of “innovative, fashionable clothing.” The fast fashion powerhouse is requesting the destruction of the allegedly infringing clothing, damages for the defendants’ profits, and attorneys’ fees.
Tyler Bittner is an Entertainment Highlight Contributor for the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law and a current first year student at Harvard Law School (Class of 2019).