US clothing group Liz Claiborne has responded to a trademark infringement verdict announced by Marcel Fashion Group last week.

A statement from Marcel's law group McKool Smith said that a court had found in favour of the Miami-Based group and its Get Lucky line of apparel to the tune of US$300,000 against the Los Angeles-based subsidiary of Liz Clairborne, Lucky Brand Dungarees.

Liz Claiborne told just-style that contrary to Marcel’s claim, its position had "been vindicated by the jury". It said the jury found that Marcel infringed on Liz Claiborne's marks.

The case was decided by a jury before Judge Laura Taylor Swain of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York.

McKool Smith said that, following five days of trial, jurors found that Liz Claiborne and Lucky Brand sold garments that infringed the Get Lucky trademark owned by Marcel Fashion. The jury found that the infringement amounted to unfair competition under federal law and awarded punitive damages of $280,000, according to its statement.

Ezra Mizrachi, president of Marcel Fashion Group, said: "After 12 years of successfully defending our rights against Lucky Brand, we are now free to pursue a master licensing program for the Get Lucky trademark."

Liz Claiborne SVP, chief legal officer, Nicholas Rubino said: "The jury found Liz Claiborne did not act in bad faith. The punitive damages reflect the fact we had failed to comply with our prior agreement with Marcel, something that was not in dispute during this trial. Quite simply, Marcel and its counsel rolled the dice with their unsupported damages claim in hope of a big pay day, but in the end they did not get lucky with this savvy jury."