Deckers Resolves Lawsuits

Deckers Outdoor Corp. this week settled a lawsuit related to the Classic Cardy boot style within its Ugg Australia brand.
The suit, filed on March 3 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, alleged infringement on Ugg Australia’s Classic Cardy style by 10 separate defendants. The defendants included Aldo U.S. Inc., Tween Brands Inc., Steven Madden Ltd., Vida Shoes International Inc., Groove Footwear LLC, The Bon-Ton Stores Inc., Charlotte Russe, Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. and Skiekh Shoes.
In the lawsuit, Deckers alleged, “The presence of defendants’ infringing boots in the marketplace diminishes, and is likely to diminish, the apparent exclusivity of genuine Ugg Cardy Boots, thereby dissuading potential customers who otherwise would have sought genuine Ugg Cardy Boots.”
Details of the resolution were not disclosed to the public, but Deckers noted that it has been issued a U.S. design patent for its Classic Cardy boot.
Separately, Deckers also announced that it has been issued a U.S. design patent for its Ugg Australia Bailey boot, which launched for fall ’09. “Deckers aggressively enforces its intellectual property rights and will do so with the Bailey Button,” said Stephanie Cucurullo, Deckers’ VP of legal.

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