Top fashion designer Sherri Hill sues Lets Fashion Inc to stop knockoffsEntertainment, Featured News Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
Sherri Hill, distinguished and successful designer of high quality prom dresses and evening gowns, and Sherri Hill, Inc., have sued Let’s Fashion, Inc., a Los Angeles-based manufacturer and wholesaler, for knocking off distinctive elements of nine of Sherri Hill’s well-known dresses. Let’s Fashion is accused of distributing the infringing dresses to boutiques and retailers for sale to customers. Widely acclaimed for her achievements in the pageant industry, Sherri Hill has designed gowns that have been worn with success by pageant winners and contestants including recent winners of the Miss USA® and Miss America® pageants. Her stylish prom dresses have become instant hits, and are sold through hundreds of reputable retailers throughout the world.
The lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles federal court by the New York-based brand protection law firm Gioconda Law Group PLLC, accuses Let’s Fashion of copyright and trade dress infringement, unfair competition, as well as misappropriation of Sherri Hill’s name under California law. The Complaint specifically alleges that Let’s Fashion has copied numerous distinctive and copyrighted bead and embroidery designs owned by Sherri Hill, and that employees at Let’s Fashion are specifically describing them as Sherri Hill designs.
According to papers filed in court, the lineup of infringing dresses that appear in the current Let’s Fashion product catalog “illustrates the great extent to which the design elements on Let’s Fashion’s dresses are copies of Sherri Hill’s legally protected design elements.” Approximately ninety percent of Let’s Fashion’s production is domestically produced and sewn in Los Angeles, but some of the more elaborate knockoffs are allegedly made in China. In addition to a product recall, Sherri Hill is seeking unspecified damages, an injunction, corrective advertising, as well as a list of those retailers who are selling the infringing Let’s Fashion dresses to consumers.
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