H&M Is Suing Forever 21 Over Tote Bag Design
H&M is suing Forever 21, claiming that the latter copied a tote bag design. H&M claims that it sold the bag, which features palm trees and the phrase "Beach Please," since spring 2014. H&M registered a copyright for the bag in June, according to Business Insider.
The lawsuit claims that Forever 21 "has employed one or more companies in China to manufacture and import the infringing product into the U.S." H&M added that if Forever 21 continues to sell the tote, it will damage H&M's reputation.
The lawsuit further states that this is not the first time Forever 21 has been in hot water over copying other company's merchandise.
Last November, critics said that Forever 21 ripped off a $500 bag design, selling a substitute for $30 in store, according to Daily Mail.
In January 2015, The Vancouver Sun reported that Forever 21 sold two sweaters that matched designs from Richmond, British Columbia-based Granted Clothing.
That same month, three software companies, including Adobe, sued Forever 21 for pirating software. According to Consumerist, Forever 21 allegedly had been using pirated versions of programs, such as Paint Shop Pro and Corel, and did not pay for the software monthly per user.
H&M has reportedly requested that Forever 21 stops selling the tote bag immediately.