USA: Cutter & Buck Wins Copying Lawsuit
Seattle-based sportswear and casual apparel company Cutter & Buck Inc (Nasdaq:CBUK) has settled a trade dress infringement litigation against Eagle Dry Goods Company Inc of Old Hickory, Tennessee. A complaint filed by Cutter & Buck charged Eagle Dry Goods with trade dress infringement, unfair competition, tortious interference with business relations, and violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act. The company alleged that Eagle Dry Goods' deluxe jersey polos are copies of Cutter & Buck's CB classic and dog leg stripe shirts. As a term of the settlement, Eagle Dry Goods has agreed to stop selling its deluxe jersey polos. "Cutter & Buck is committed to vigorously enforcing its trade dress rights," stated Harvey Jones, chairman and chief executive officer of Cutter & Buck. "We have made large investments in time and resources to build the Cutter & Buck name and reputation. We take the copying of our designs very seriously and believe that imitations in the marketplace are a real threat to the relationship that we work so hard to build with our consumers. Therefore, we will continue to pursue companies that infringe on our trade dress rights." Earlier this year, Cutter & Buck settled a similar trade dress lawsuit against Triad Sportswear LLC of Belgrade, Montana. Triad Sportswear agreed to discontinue selling a shirt that included a unique combination of distinctive features in Cutter & Buck's CB classic shirt. Cutter and Buck designs and markets upscale men's and women's sportswear and outerwear under the Cutter & Buck brand. The company sells its products primarily through golf pro shops and resorts, corporate sales accounts, and better specialty stores. Cutter & Buck products feature distinctive designs, high quality materials and manufacturing, and rich detailing.
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