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Crystal A. Zarpas, Panelist at the CFA Panel for FIDM Alumni

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) hosted the California Fashion Foundation’s Alumni Immersion panel on the evening of March 29, 2018 at the FIDM college campus.

Crystal A. Zarpas, Panelist at the CFA Alumni Immersion Event

The California Fashion Association and The Otis Fashion Department hosted their Alumni Immersion panel on January 27, 2018, at Otis College of Art Design.  

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Target to Pay $389,000 in EKB textiles Copyright Case"

Target Corp. has been ordered to pay more than $389,000 and attorney’s fees to Los Angeles–based EKB Textiles Inc. following a recent copyright-infringement trial in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Little Guide Against Big Photo Lawsuits"

Designers, stop before you slap a graphic of a photo on a T-shirt.

Think first on these questions. Did a model sign a photo release? Does your company have the copyright for the photo? If the answer was no, chances are some- one is going to get sued. And there has been a few no- table photo copyright and model release form suits filed recently.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Fashion Copyright Bill Reintroduced-With Changes"

The design piracy law is back, with a new name, new supporters and a few new changes to the proposed legislation.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Mistrial in Trovata, Forever 21 Trade Dress Case"

A U.S. District Court judge declared a mistrial early on May 27 in the trade- dress suit filed by contemporary brand Trovata against fast-fashion retail giant Forever 21 Inc.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Independent Designers Strive to Build Brands, Fend Off Imitators"

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but perhaps not in the fashion business, where designers strive to strike the right balance between innovation and salability, while building—and protecting—their brands.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Speaking Unique Language of Apparel Law and Finance"

In his black v-neck pullover, black slacks and black slip-ons, Robert Ezra dresses the part of an attorney who specializes in the apparel industry. But the industry into which Ezra threw himself as a young, downtown attorney during the 70s bares little in common with today’s fashion and apparel business.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Recent Trademark Decisions Could Impact Apparel Brands"

Think your trademark registration is secure? A growing series of aggressive decisions by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and the courts on the issue of fraud in the trademark application process has some attorneys and industry watchers considering the implications for the apparel industry.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Counteracting the Counterfeiters"

Counterfeit goods steal a whopping $12 billion out of the U.S. apparel and footwear industry every year, eclipsing the motion-picture industry, which loses $6.1 billion, ac- cording to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Ball Rocks City of Hope"

A self-professed entertainer, Rock & Republic Chief and “Spirit of Life” honoree Michael Ball brought a little rock ’n’ roll to the City of Hope gala, hosted by the Apparel Industries Group and its president, attorney Crystal Zarpas of Mann & Zarpas LLP.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Roxy, Roxywear Squabble Heads Back to Court"

Call it the case that would never die.   Four years ago, apparel giant Quiksilver Inc. sued a small Los Angeles manufacturer named Kymsta Corp. over the right to use the name Roxy on its labels.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "City of Hope Gala to Honor Clareman, Kim"

The Apparel Industries Group for the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif., on June 10 will present its Spirit of Life award to Richard Clareman, president of Los Angeles–based junior apparel manufacturer Self Esteem, and Sunnie Kim, president and chief executive officer of Hana Financial Inc. in Los Angeles.

Lloyd Mann comments on "Forever 21 Sued by Jewelry Designer"

Los Angeles jewelry company Christie Martin Designs Inc. filed suit Nov. 17 in Los Angeles Superior Court against the fast-fashion retailer Forever 21. The suit from the Hollywood-based designer alleges the retailer took part in trademark infringement and unfair trade practices against the company.

Lloyd Mann comments on "Duarte Defaults in Kramer Lawsuit"

Los Angeles designer Henry Duarte and his Duarte Productions Inc. face damages of more than $1 million after defaulting in a lawsuit filed against Duarte by Designers & Agents trade show co-founder Barbara Kramer.

Lloyd Mann comments on "D&A’s Barbara Kramer Sues Designer Duarte"

Barbara Kramer, co-producer of the popular Designers & Agents apparel shows in Los Angeles and New York, has filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles designer Henry Duarte. She is seeking more than $1 million in damages over a business venture the pair was involved in several years ago.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Panel Fields Queries From Oz"

A group of Los Angeles apparel industry exporters fielded questions from Australian manufacturers during a recent video conference organized by the California Fashion Association (CFA) and the Queensland Trade and In- vestment Office in Los Angeles.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Shark-Infested Waters Surf retailer Zuma Jay’s suffers 20-year trademark infringement"

The Web site www.zumajay.co.uk reads “Happy Days with Zuma Jays!”—a cruel irony for Jefferson Wagner, who founded Malibu, Calif.–based surf shop Zuma Jay’s in 1975. The suffix of the Web site is “.uk”—mean- ing the United Kingdom, not Malibu—and the e-commerce shop is not Wagner’s.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "L.A. Textile Company Files Copyright Suits"

A Los Angeles textile company owner has filed eight lawsuits alleging that a raft of retailers, manufacturers and textile converters have used his copy- righted fabric designs.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Judge Settles Roxy Case"

Both David and Goliath came out winners in the trademark trial over the Roxy label.

A U.S. District Court judge ruled that surfwear giant Quiksilver Inc., which makes the Roxy label, must coexist with Kymsta Corp., a small private-label juniors apparel company that manufactures the Roxywear label.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Quiksilver, Kymsta in Dispute Over Roxy Name"

Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surfwear giant Quiksilver Inc. has filed a complaint against Kymsta Corp., a Los Angeles–based manufacturer that produces junior sportswear under the Roxywear label, for trademark infringement in United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles and Orange County.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "L.A. Apparel Co. in Legal Battle With J.C. Penney"

Montebello, Calif.–based girls’ apparel maker Guild Inc. filed a lawsuit on April 29 in Los Angeles Federal Court against J.C. Penney Corp. for copyright infringement and unfair business practices. The company is seek- ing more than $3.5 million in damages and a temporary restraining order for the retailer’s alleged use of a floral screen design that appeared on girls’ tank tops.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Two Beiges May Be Too Much"

To paraphrase The Bard, would Beige by any other name alter fashion sales?

That’s the question posed to two companies called Beige, who have similar-looking logos.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Hot Topic Named in T-shirt Lawsuit"

Does Hot Topic Inc. have to face the music? That’s the question confront- ing the City of Industry, Calif.-based chain of stores selling music-related merchandise, which is now a defendant in an unregistered trademark infringement suit stemming from the “The Osbournes” T-shirt it sells.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Ladies’ Night"

The following is an excerpt from Ilse Metchek’s speech given at the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center honoree of the year dinner. Metchek, the executive director of the California Fashion Association and L.A. By Design, gave a rousing speech recognizing many of the women who helped build and continue to support the Los Angeles fashion industry.

Crystal A. Zarpas comments on "Independent Designers Strive to Build Brands, Fend Off Imitators"

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but perhaps not in the fashion business, where designers strive to strike the right balance between innovation and salability, while building—and protecting—their brands.

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