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FASHION LAW: Designer Misdeeds
Nike Cries Lawsuit at Former Design Team | Nike, well-known for its athletic technology and modern design, has been a tenacious competitor to Adidas for decades. Nike Inc. is accusing three of its former senior shoe designers of stealing commercial secrets and making a run for it to their German competitor, Adidas AG. Two former designers, Marc Dolce, Mark Miner and senior design director Denis Dekovic are up for interrogation for violating their non-compete agreements. The lawsuit claims the designers collaborated with Adidas to set up a design studio — calledThe Kitchen — modeled off of Nike’s proprietary design lab. Nike alleges that Adidas knew of the non-compete agreements and vowed to pay for any legal fallout, which Adidas vehemently denies, citing lack of interest in knocking off competitor designs when it attracts plenty of top talent on its own. Trade secrets, contrary to patents, are protected without registration. Trade secrets are protected without any procedural formalities. They are handled with technological and legal security measures. Legal protections include non-disclosure agreements and non-compete clauses.
BUSINESS OF FASHION: Big Brands, Big Problems
Bebe’s Unfashionable Holiday Data Breach | Add contemporary retailer Bebe to the list of payment card data breaches that have recently proven shopping with plastic to be a high-risk venture. During the high-volume shopping season from November 8 to November 26, Bebe customers suffered credit card attacks at stores across the U.S., U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, as reported on Tech Crunch. Cards swiped at those boutiques released account holder names, card numbers, expiration dates and verification codes to hackers, making the holiday season anything but jolly for shoppers.
Abercrombie’s Michael Jeffries Can’t Sit With Us | America’s favorite rugged teen retailer is undergoing major renovation. Michael Jeffries, Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s eccentric and controversial CEO, has officially resigned after more than 20 years at the helm of the iconic retailer. As reported by Business Insider, Jeffries leaves the company after 11 quarters of declining sales. Jeffries is famous for transforming Abercrombie from a stale outdoor goods retailer to the most coveted aspirational teen brand of the 1990s and early 2000s. Immortalized in media – perhaps most famously in male pop group LFO’s 1999 song “Summer Girls” – the brand became synonymous with middle and high school popularity. Years of criticism allege that that reputation has been built on a series of discriminatory policies, promulgated by Jeffries.