Madden Drops Suit Against eBay

Steven Madden Ltd. has dropped a trademark lawsuit it filed against eBay Inc. two weeks ago.

According to court records, the footwear and accessories firm agreed to a voluntary dismissal of the suit Wednesday.

Steven Madden had brought the complaint against the online auction house in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on July 21. It accused the e-commerce giant of trademark infringement because unauthorized watches made by former licensee Vestal were allegedly for sale on the site.

Steven Madden did not return calls inquiring about the nature of the dismissal.

An eBay spokeswoman said late Wednesday that there was no settlement between the two companies. After Steve Madden first filed the suit, eBay’s deputy general counsel, Mary Huser, said the manufacturer had failed to report the offending items through the Website’s anti-counterfeiting system.

In June, Steven Madden filed an infringement suit against Vestal, accusing its one-time licensee of continuing to sell Steve Madden-branded goods after the licensing agreement had ended.

The watchmaker did not respond to a request for comment.

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