Discount retailer Target Corp and apparel manufacturing company Topson Downs have defeated claims of copyright infringement from Meridian Textiles.

The claims related to four fabric designs, which included a zebra stripe pattern, an animal print, a burnout pattern and a lace design.

Meridian requested the court to make a decision on its claims without a full trial but was denied. Target and Topson presented copyright registrations to the court.

Judge Gary Klausner of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California said the zebra stripe pattern was not entitled to copyright protection because it reflected zebra stripes as they occur in nature. 

The court ruled that there was no copyright infringement of the other three designs based on evidence provided by law firm Ezra Brutzkus Gubner (EGB) and partners Jeffrey Kobulnick and Mark Brutzkus. 

"We are extremely happy with Judge Klausner's ruling as this is a tremendous win not only for Topson and Target, but for many other manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the apparel industry," said Brutzkus.