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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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Lucky 13 Clothing Sues Taylor Swift

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift is being sued by clothing brand Lucky 13.

The "Love Story" singer counts 13 as her favorite number and sells T-shirts with "Lucky 13" written on them through her online store, but Robert Kloetzly who owns Lucky 13 clothing - which has been trading since 1991 - feels she is stealing his business.

In a lawsuit lodged today, Robert accuses the singer of trademark infringement for unauthorized use of Lucky 13's branding, and claims they have contacted her people numerous times with no resolution. In court documents seen by website TMZ, Robert describes Taylor as a singer who likes "fast cars and dangerous men who drive them inappropriately," which is the same demographic as his company targets. It also cites the star's music video for "I Knew You Were Trouble" because it "depicts stylish, attractive, tattooed individuals in provocative situations," much like Lucky 13's branding.

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John Mayer Sues Dealer Over Fake Rolexes

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, News

John MayerJohn Mayer has sued a man for selling him fake Rolexes.

The "Who You Love" singer spent a total of $5 million on what he believed to be a collection of authentic luxury watches from dealer Robert Maron - a friend of Charlie Sheen - back in 2007, but was shocked to find one of the timepieces was a replica when he sent it off for repairs three years later.

According to TMZ, Mayer returned the watch and was given credit to buy another but now wants a refund for $656,000 he spent on seven other watches which Rolex have told him are counterfeit.

Maron is a "watch dealer to the stars" and that's how he met and got close to Sheen, who has even used him as his manager and "media adviser."

Rolex is one of the world's most prestigious watch brands, with the coveted timepieces ranging anywhere from $5,000 with the most exclusive designs costing upwards of $500,000.

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Dolce and Gabbana Headed to Jail?

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Fashion Designers, News

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico DolceLooks like fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will soon be trading in their designer duds for some blasé prison jumpsuits.

Prosectors in the Italian creatives' tax evasion case are seeking to have them thrown in jail for not having paid €400 million in taxes, seeking to get them five years in prison between the two of them (I guess tax attorneys are less harsh when it comes to sentencing female singers).

The tax evasion case has been a long time coming, as the pair's accounting habits became suspect with their 2004 sale of their D&G and Dolce & Gabbana brands to holding company Gado, which is based in Luxembourg. Tied to the alleged tax crime was their board member Cristiana Ruella and accountant Luciano Patelli, both of whom have been previously prosecuted (Patelli was sentenced to three years in jail).

While it's disheartening to think that one of fashion's most beloved fashion duos are facing length prison time, one must wonder who will take over the reigns and emerge as the next talent in the industry?

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Items Du Jour: Amanda Seyfried for Givenchy, Target’s Wedding Gown Line

Jessica Chastain at the Cannes Film Festival in Givenchy+ Already the face of one of their fragrances, actress Amanda Seyfried was tapped for Givenchy's Fall/Winter ad campaign, which also features Carine Roitfeld (who styled the ads) and her daughter Julia.

+ Speaking of Givenchy, beneath her Riccardo Tisci dress, Jessica Chastain wore matching Spanx in order to avoid becoming another actress at the Cannes Film Festival to experience an embarrassing crotch flash.

+ Helping out brides who want to wed on a budget, Target has announced a wedding dress collection priced between $99.99-$129.99, featuring an array of styles and cuts for sizes 2 through 28. The retail giant will also offer bridesmaids dresses in their online store.

+ Having already been at the center of a sexual discrimination lawsuit in Tokyo, Prada is now being pressued by The High Commissioner for Human Rights at the U.N. to cease its egregious practices against female employees.

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Lindsay Lohan Sued for $5 Million

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan is being sued for $5 million. The Scary Movie 5 star is being counter-sued by clothing manufacturer D.N.A.M. Apparel Industries, who claim she is the reason a business deal for her 6126 clothing line fell apart, according to TMZ.

Lindsay had originally started legal action against the company, claiming they didn't honor a licensing fee agreement and seeking $1.1 million in damages. However, D.N.A.M. claim they attempted to sell the Lindsay's 6126 clothes to high-end third party retailers in 2010, but found it hard, as Lindsay's personal life and legal problems had spiralled out of control.

The lawsuit points out Lindsay was in rehab at the time, claiming she had a "drug-addled image," which affected their own reputation, and her legal problems were playing out "like a Greek tragedy." D.N.A.M. claims it invested millions in the 6126 brand only to find it unprofitable. They are suing for breach of contract and fraud, asking for at least $5 million in damages.

Lindsay's public image is still in trouble as she is currently undergoing three months of court-ordered rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic in California, where she is reportedly finding conditions tough.


Rihanna Sues Topshop

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, News, Sales

Rihanna at TopshopRihanna is suing Topshop for $5 million. The "Diamonds" hitmaker is taking legal action against the UK high street fashion chain - which is owned by billionaire Philip Green - following eight months of unsuccessful negotiations over T-shirts bearing her image which are being sold without her consent.

"Rihanna's management asked Topshop a number of times to stop selling her image and were told, 'We do what we want.' They buy the pictures from a photographer, but they do not pay the artist licensing fees. Unfortunately, UK law does not protect the artist. What is most offensive for Rihanna is that they basically told her, 'Go to hell. We don't care; we are going to continue selling you.' They offered her $5,000 and said they don't care," a source told The New York Post.

The 25-year-old singer has hired international law firm Reed Smith to file the suit in London, as the garments are only being sold in the UK, where the image rights are owned by the photographer who took the picture.

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Lindsay Lohan Loses Endorsement Deal

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan has lost an endorsement deal due to her recent legal troubles.

The Canyons actress landed a lucrative contract with Odaingerous clothing company but when Lindsay was sentenced to 90 days in rehab after pleading no contest to charges for lying to police about driving during a car crash last June, the company rescinded their offer.

"In light of the recent conviction of actress Lindsay Lohan, clothing and lifestyle brand, Odaingerous is officially withdrawing its offer for an endorsement agreement of actress Lindsay Lohan as the face of the brand. We wish her the best on her recovery and future pursuits. We held off on our upcoming promotional campaign due to the uncertainly of Ms. Lohan. But have decided to move forward and will soon announce the name of the Odaingerous face and continue the world of living Odaingerously," said Creative Director and CEO of Odaingerous Odain Watson.

As part of her plea deal, Lindsay, 26, is required to check into a residential treatment facility for 90 days by May 2 and despite claims she would stay at the Seafield Center in Westhampton Beach, New York, her lawyer Mark Heller insists they haven't made a final decision yet: "Lindsay is expected to sit with me this week ... and then a final approval has to be rendered by the court."


Dolce and Gabbana Support Galliano’s Comeback

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Fashion Designers

Stefano Gabbana and Domenico DolceAfter having been found guilty and charged of racist and anti-Semitic behavior, John Galliano is returning to the fashion world, and some fellow designers are offering him their support.

Shortly after Oscar de la Renta welcomed the former Dior designer into his studio, Dolce and Gabbana designers Domenico and Stefano have voiced their optimism for his comeback:

"We wish John the best of luck with his return to fashion. We’ve always been admirers of his flamboyant talent. He has been missed from the fashion scene these two years and we can’t wait to see the collection with Oscar de la Renta."

Though neither de la Renta nor Galliano have mentioned anything about a collaborative collection, it seems like the D&G pair may have spilled the beans on what would otherwise been a surprise!

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Kardashian Sisters Sued Over Khroma Beauty

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Celebrities, Health & Beauty, News

Khroma BeautyThe Kardashian sisters are being sued for $10 million. Reality TV stars Kim, Kourtney and Khloe could face a mammoth legal bill following make-up artist Lee Tillett's claim they stole the name of their new cosmetics range, Khroma Beauty, from her.

Lee is also asking for damages from Boldface Group Inc, the company that markets their line, after a cease and desist letter sent last July imploring them to stop using the name failed to work. "I developed the Kroma line myself, built my business through my own hard work, and took the legal steps necessary to protect it. And yet I have now been forced into legal battle with the Kardashians simply because they have decided to take something that doesn't belong to them," she said.

Boldface petitioned a Florida court to rule Lee's brand name "conceptually weak," because it "consists solely of a descriptive term and lacks any inherent distinctive meaning to the relevant consuming public."

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