Wednesday, July 18, 2007

forever 21 can't catch a break

(LOS ANGELES) Gwen Stefani has filed a lawsuit against retail chain Forever 21, The Daily has learned. The Grammy Award-winning singer contests that Forever 21 has allegedly stolen designs from both her highly successful L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers lines. A spokeswoman for Paul Wilmot, who represents Stefani’s clothing line, confirmed the status of the lawsuit but declined further comment pending approval from her legal team. "We feel that both our L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers designs have been infringed upon by Forever 21 and we plan to vigorously protect our intellectual property," Stefani's spokeswoman said. A representative for Forever 21 was unavailable for comment. Stay tuned.
Stefani’s lawsuit against Forever 21 isn’t the embattled mass retailer’s first such incident. This past March, Diane von Furstenberg Studio filed a lawsuit against Forever 21 Retail Inc. claiming copyright infringement on its "Cerisier" and "Aubrey" designs. In January, M.M.P. Inc., which conducts business as Fabric & Fabric, sued Forever 21 over fabric copyright issues. And last July, Soho Fashion Ltd. sued the retailer for marketing a graphic t-shirt that featured artwork depicting a similar image to an original piece known as "Three Women".