Versace, Fashion Nova sews dress copy dispute shortly before trial

  • Versace Fashion Nova accused of ripping designs, including JLo’s Grammy dress
  • The settlement arrived four days before the trial

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(Reuters) – Italian fashion house Gianni Versace has settled allegations that “fast fashion” retailer Fashion Nova tore up its “popular” designs – including a green dress that famous singer and actress Jennifer Lopez wore at the 2000 Grammy Awards. out, according to a federal court order in Los Angeles published Friday.

The exact order said the parties had agreed to settle the case in principle four days before the trial was scheduled to start.

Versace attorneys Andrew Gordon of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison and Patrick Somers of Kendall Brill & Kelly and parent company Capri Holdings did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Fashion Nova and its attorneys Jane Giles and Cynthia Rigsby of Foley & Lardner also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Los Angeles-based Versace Fashion Nova was accused in 2019 of infringing its trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights by copying three of its most famous dresses. Describing Fashion Nova as a “serial violator” who specializes in counterfeit products, Fashion Nova said the company has been sued at least eight times by other designers since its 2013 launch.

Fashion Nova denied the allegations and asked a court to invalidate Versace’s copyright recordings in 2020.

The hearing is presided over by US District Judge Percy Anderson.

In June, Anderson denied the parties’ joint request to reschedule the trial to 2022. The parties asked the court to postpone the trial to allow Italian witnesses to travel to the United States and testify in person.

The case is Gianni Versace SRL against Fashion Nova Inc. , US District Court for the Central District of California, No. 2:19-cv-10074.

Versace: Andrew Gordon in Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton, Garrison and Patrick Sommers in Kendall Brill & Kelly

For Nova Fashion: Jane Giles and Cynthia Rigsby, Foley & Lardner

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Blake Brittain

Washington-based reporter covering court cases and other trends and developments in intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. Previous experience in Bloomberg Law, Practical Thomson Reuters Law and work as an attorney.

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