The European Commission (“EC” or “Commission”) announced this week that it has initiated unannounced inspections of—and issued formal requests for information from—multiple companies in the fashion industry in several European Union member states. Such raids and requests are the first steps in the Commission’s now-disclosed investigation into potential anticompetitive conduct in the fashion industry, specifically
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The Hermès Effect
Hermès 3D trademark saga in Italy might have come to an end following the Italian Supreme Court (Court) decision issued on 17 October 2022, No 30455.
The trial saga started way back in 2009 before the Court of Florence, when Hermès International S.c.p.a. and Hermès Italie S.p.A. (jointly, Hermès), sued Buti Amerigo & C s.a.s.,…
Fashion Law Update – August 2022 Edition
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the why we live, what is happening.” Coco Chanel
In this edition of Fashion Law, we cover a range of topics which are having an impact on businesses and consumers in the…
Just Seen to be Green? CMA Launches Investigation Into Three Fashion Companies
The trend of regulators cracking down on misleading green claims or the so-called “greenwashing” continues this week. In the latest development, on Friday 29 July 2022, the British competition watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), launched an investigation into the eco-friendly claims of retailers Asos, Boohoo, and Asda.
CMA and the Fashion IndustryThe fast…
Influencers and Digital Advertising
Over the past decade, influence marketing has changed the way advertising is handled by companies. Influencers have entered the marketing world by leveraging massive followings on social media platforms, and brands have recognised the value of the new category of advertising professionals.
Even though the use of influencers has become a mainstay of advertising, French…
New U.S. Sanctions on Russia and Belarus Impose Trade and Investment Restrictions on Luxury Goods Sector
As an update to K&L Gates’ previous alerts of 24 February and 25 February, U.S. President Joe Biden issued executive orders (EOs) last week imposing additional sanctions against Russia.
The order, EO 14068, issued on 11 March 2022, restricts:
PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival: Fashion Law Seminar – Important Changes to the Designs Act
K&L Gates is proud to be hosting, as part of the PayPal Melbourne Fashion Festival, its annual fashion law seminar. As an Official Supporting Partner of the 2022 Festival, this year our session will cover recent changes to the Australian Designs Act and how these changes will assist fashion designers in protecting their valuable designs.…
Snap! Marks and Spencer Tied Up In a Legal Dispute With Lacoste Over Its Iconic Trade Mark Crocodile Logo
After recently suing Aldi over allegations of intellectual property infringement based on its Colin the Caterpillar cake and Christmas glitter gin, Marks & Spencer (M&S) now faces a “liti-gator” itself as it has recently been sued by Lacoste for allegedly infringing its crocodile logo (shown below) and related rights on a number of clothing and…
French Framework for “Kidfluencers” – Yet Another Undertaking for Online Platforms
Through its Act no.2020-1266 dated 19 October 2020 (the Act), the French legislator elected to regulate the commercial exploitation of the images of children aged 16 and under on online platforms (Kidfluencers).
Despite the potentially lucrative consequences of these emerging practices, Kidfluencers operated in a legal vacuum which could have resulted in parents exploiting their…
Fashion Law Update – November 2021 edition
“Fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life“Bill Cunningham
In this edition of Fashion Law, we look at the emerging and evolving trends within the retail, luxury goods and fashion sectors post COVID-19 around the world.
In this edition, we focus on a few themes which include:
- Navigating a fashion brand’s transition