In an ironic turn of events, Forever 21 has taken a copyright infringement lawsuit to the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The retail company, which has notably been suspected of imitating other designers on several occasions, has filed suit against C. Luce and CornerStone Apparel (operating as Papaya Clothing) for using one of its “original” designs.
The pattern in question is seen on Forever 21’s $17.80 Ikat printed harem pants. Forever 21 claims that the defendants “intentionally and knowingly reproduced, copied, displayed, manufactured, derived, and distributed products embodying colorable imitations of Forever 21’s Design which is protected by Forever 21’s Copyright in the Design.”
The retailer argues that they have suffered and will continue to suffer damages in loss of income and profits due to the defendants’ designs. Forever 21 is seeking damages in the defendants’ profits, attorney fees, and a court order to rescind the copied designs.