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Madonna Sued Over Hard Candy Name

MadonnaMadonna is being sued over her fitness brand.

The "Hung Up" hitmaker has been accused by beauty and fashion company Hard Candy of maliciously stealing their name to sell exercise DVDs and apparel and the firm have filed a lawsuit in federal court for trademark infringement and unfair competition.

The case claims the 55-year-old singer began selling her goods under the Hard Candy name in 2011 despite a previous rejection from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. "Defendants' actions have caused and will cause Hard Candy, LLC irreparable harm for which money damages and other legal remedies are inadequate. Unless Defendants are restrained by this Court, Defendants will continue and/or expand the improper activities alleged in this Complaint and otherwise continue to cause great and irreparable harm and injury to Hard Candy, LLC," federal court papers obtained by RadarOnline.com state.

The lawsuit also targets Madonna's manager Guy Oseary, but claims the "Material Girl" singer is "the driving force behind the infringing activity, taking credit herself for the initial selection and subsequent expansion."

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John Galliano Found Guilty

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News

John GallianoFormer Dior creative director John Galliano has been found guilty of racist and anti-Semitic behavior.

The British designer - who was facing charges of "casting public insults based on origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity" by French authorities - was ordered by a Paris court yesterday to pay a total fine of 17,500 euros, but escaped prison. The maximum penalty in France for insulting someone on the basis of their origin, religious affiliation, race or ethnicity is six months in jail and a fine of 22,500 euros.

Galliano - who was not in court - was arrested in February of this year following an alteration with a couple outside a Paris cafe, in which he used racist and anti-Semitic language. A video was then released of him in a Paris bar last October, verbally abusing a woman and proclaiming his love for Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.

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John Galliano’s Trial to Start

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John Galliano at court

Former Dior creative director John Galliano will attend the opening day of his trial for alleged anti-Semetic remarks today.

The troubled fashion designer - who has been in rehab since he reportedly launched a verbal attack on a couple in a Paris cafe in February - is expected to blame his excessive drinking and use of prescription medications as the cause of his outburst. Today's hearing - which will be held in front of three judges but no jury as it is a minor offence - is expected to last between four and five hours, with witnesses from both sides giving evidence.

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John Galliano to Attend Trial

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Fashion Designers, News

John GallianoFormer Dior creative director John Galliano will attend his trial this week. The troubled fashion designer has been in rehab since he allegedly made anti-Semetic remarks in a Paris cafe in February, but insiders say he will be in court in the French capital for the initial hearing on Wednesday.

"John is still in rehab. The treatment will be long and arduous - and ongoing for a long time in the future - but he is humble, apologetic and hopeful that he can recover," a source said.

The initial hearing - which will be held in front of three judges but no jury as it is a minor offence - is expected to last between four and five hours, with witnesses from both sides giving evidence. The 50-year-old designer - who was fired from Dior over his remarks - is expected to blame a drug and alcohol addiction for the tirade, while his lawyer Aurelien Hamelle admits John can't remember the alleged incident.

"He does not remember because he was in an altered state... They do not reflect what he thinks. He's not anti-Semitic or racist," said Hamelle.


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