Fashion Law: Tory Burch Victorious in $41.2 Million Lawsuit
Tory Burch was recently ranked as 73rd on Forbes list of most powerful woman and indeed she is. Burch received a settlement of $41.2 million in damages in the legal battle between Burch and Lin & J International Inc.The suit was filed because of trademark infringement that proved Lin & J International Inc. copied her trademarks and designs.
Burch was represented by lead lawyer Natalie Arbaugh, attorneys Kristen McCallion, Michael Bittner and Irene Hudson of Fish & Richardson PC in U.S. District Court.
The judgment went in Burch’s favor as she provided sufficient evidence of fraudulent activity. Burch sent a representative to Lin & J’s New York showroom where a variety of knockoffs were displayed and was told the minimum order was $350. She also identified a wholesaler in Alabama who pinpointed Lin & J as their supplier for thousands of units of fake jewelry. Lin & J had originally attempted to countersue Burch on the grounds of “unfair trade practices, defamation, trademark infringement and other claims” but to no avail.
The suit awarded $38.9 million in damages and $2.3 million in legal fees Friday. This was not the first time Burch won a battle. Back in 2012, Burch exchanged blows with her ex-husband, Chris Burch after he alleged that she was unfairly trying to sell his stake in the company after he helped propelled her career. In the end, Tory Burch won the suit and with the support from the likes of Anna Wintour and Diane von Furstenberg, it seemed almost foolish for Chris Burch.