Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Breaking: Ed Hardy Sues Christian Audiger


Okay, this happened back in February. But we’re a little slow and hungover around here, so lets call it breaking news:

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Audiger Sued Over Trademark Clothing Line

The Associated Press
Posted: 02/02/2009 09:44:03 PM PST

LOS ANGELES—Clothing designer Christian Audigier is being sued by tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy for allegedly distributing Hardy’s trademarked clothing line without permission.

Hardy filed a lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, seeking $100 million in damages from Audigier’s company Nervous Tattoo and several other defendants.

Hardy claims he and Audigier signed a contract in September 2005 that allowed Audigier to promote and distribute Hardy’s work as part of a clothing line.

The lawsuit claims Hardy terminated the contract in August after discovering Audigier did not fully pay royalties to Hardy and underreported the sales and income from the clothing line. Hardy also claims Audigier launched a competing product—the Christian Audigier clothing line—using Hardy’s trademarks without permission.

The lawsuit said Audigier has not stopped distributing Hardy’s work and claims the contract is still in effect. Hardy wants the court to order Audigier to stop distributing his trademarked work and award damages. An e-mail message left with Audigier’s vice president of sales in the United States was not immediately returned Monday night.
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