Chanel, fashion house, forces Chanel Jones, hairstylist, to settle by signing away rights to basically all public uses of name
"Consent judgments" (a/k/a "consent decrees") are very, very dangerous -- especially when wielded by a powerful corporation against a pro se defendant. The defendant in this case probably could have used some help, not only in drafting her (sort of heartbreaking) "Answer" to plaintiff's Complaint, but in negotiating more reasonable terms for the settlement agreement embodied in the Consent Judgment embedded below -- which, in its current form, essentially prevents her from using her name in commerce in any way, ever, under penalty of contempt of court, among other possible penalties.
By the way, consent decrees are probably unconstitutional. Just sayin'.
Interview for Washington Square News (NYU student newspaper) article, "Fashion, lawsuits an unexpected pair"
Washington Square News, NYU's Independent Student Newspaper, has published an article, "Fashion, lawsuits unexpected pair," in its November 5, 2014, issue. In the piece, staff reporter Sam Del Rowe interviews Barbara Kolsun (Stuart Weitzman GC, NYU adjunct prof, and co-editor (with FIT professor Guillermo Jimenez) of Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys -- to which I contributed a chapter on copyright law) about the current lay of the land.
Del Rowe goes on to ask this writer, one Charles Colman, about his views on life, law, and the pursuit of unlawful monopolies. He selects a portion of my answers to his questions, but -- for anyone who is interested -- I've copied my unedited responses to Del Rowe below (hyperlinks added):
How to become a fashion lawyer, Part 2: My career path, which might be of no help at all (plus: BOOK DISCOUNT FOR STUDENTS!)
A Polish law student, Anna Radke, asked me some questions a while back; the interview was recently posted online, but my answers appeared in Polish. Because Google Translate utterly butchered my responses, I decided to post a revised/supplemented version of the original Q&A here...
How did you begin your career? I'd love to hear about your educational background, training, internships, work experience, etc.
Complete slideshow: "Harmless Fun or Trademark Dilution/Infringement? Fashion 'Parodies' of Luxury Brands and Goods" (revised)
Thanks so much to ICLE and the Michigan State Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section for the invitation to present! Slideshow after the jump...
Jewelry-industry trade publication JCK Magazine quotes attorney Charles Colman extensively on the subject of knockoffs
This writer has represented various jewelry designers whose work has been knocked off by others, so I know a thing or two about the problem. JCK Magazine, the leading trade publication for the jewelry industry, sought out my advice for its March 2014 issue, which contains an informative article entitled "Clone Wars":
The full text of the article also appears on the JCK website, under the alternative title "How Retailers and Designers Can Guard Against Knockoffs." The piece contains a list of cautionary bullet points, which the article's writer boiled down from our Q&A on the topic of knockoffs: