Laws and Regulations

Under Armour Sues Clothing Company Over Knockoff Apparel, Logo
October 23, 2019 at 12:34 pm

While the major news coming from Under Armour is that Kevin Plank will vacate his CEO role on New Year’s Day, the company is getting even more public attention through a lawsuit against a clothing company. In going after Ageas Inc. for its Hotsuit apparel, Under Armour is claiming that a “copycat logo” and the…

The Country of Jamaica Is Mad at Kanye West Over His New ‘Sunday Service’ Merch
October 21, 2019 at 1:34 pm

Kanye West headed to Jamaica this weekend for his most recent Sunday Service event in support of his upcoming album, "Jesus Is King." But his decision to include Jamaican government and national symbols in the accompanying merch has met with opposition from inhabitants and the country’s entertainment minister, who demanded that West withdraw the items from his online store...

Reports: U.S. and China Trade Talks Near Breakthrough, But Depend on U.S. Dropping Tariffs
October 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm

Following another round of talks between the U.S. and China in Washington, Chinese officials say that it hopes both sides can work together for a solution, but that a resolution would depend on the U.S. canceling tariffs. "China's position, principle and goal for the China-U.S. trade negotiations has never changed," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao…

Omaha Rapper Stiffed by T-shirt Business That Abruptly Closed
October 15, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Omaha, Nebraska rapper Bo Bo Bread Boy, perhaps more commonly known by his government name Brody Thompson, is without the 100 T-shirts he ordered from a printing business after it took his money and abruptly shut down. He's also out 500 bucks. "[T-shirts are] a main source of income for independent artists," Thompson told NBC…

Facebook Runs Into Trademark Issue With Logo for Digital Currency Brand
October 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm

Brands are always looking to outdo their competitors, but what happens when seeking an edge leaves a company dangling from a cliff? It appears Facebook will soon have an answer to that inquiry, as its planned Calibra cryptocurrency is not only undergoing severe scrutiny but also facing accusations that the concept’s logo is a rip-off…

Grumpy Cat Is Gone But Her Peeps Are Grumpy About Knockoff Merchandise
October 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Even in death, Grumpy Cat is still grumpy. There's something comforting about that, isn't there? Even from the little kitty cat afterlife, Grumpy Cat (OK, actually her owner) is suing people for selling knockoff Grumpy Cat merchandise. Grumpy Cat Limited, the business set up for all things GC, is going after online retailers selling items…

Lakers Fan Responds to NBA China Controversy With Planned T-shirt Giveaway at Staples Center
October 9, 2019 at 11:24 am

One LA Lakers fan is fighting back against the NBA's bizarre China controversy by starting a GoFundMe campaign for T-shirts that say "Stand With Hong Kong," which he wants to hand out before the Lakers-Clippers game on Oct. 22. Sun Lared, the campaign's founder, set an initial goal of $20,000 for the shirts. He's already hit $40,000 in donations...

Apparel Companies Fight Amazon Over Counterfeit Products
October 2, 2019 at 11:41 am

Just like it has for just about every other industry under the sun, Amazon has disrupted the apparel marketplace by implementing its own lines of clothing, features and manufacturing processes. But third-party apparel sellers are still causing Amazon some headaches, especially as counterfeit products slip through the cracks. This is something we've seen at similarly…

BDA, Shumsky Begin QCA Certification Program
September 26, 2019 at 11:10 am

In order to continue meeting buyer demands for brand safety and responsible sourcing, Woodinville, Washington-based Bensussen Deutsch & Associates LLC. (BDA), as well as Dayton, Ohio-based Shumsky/Boost Engagement, have applied to participate in the Quality Certification Alliance (QCA) Compliance Certification Program. QCA, the only coalition dedicated to ensuring accountability and independent validation of corporate responsibility…