Despite the settlement, Matalan did not admit liability. The original case claimed that Matalan had copied one of Goodman’s designs.
“We will always rigorously defend our collections. Our design is a central platform of our brand and is at the heart of our promise to our discerning clientele,” Goodman said in a statement. “I trust this serves as another clear message: Mass-market operators who peddle cheap copies can search for their ‘inspiration’ elsewhere, or better still, design their products themselves.”