Fashion law is making headlines from the catwalk to the courtroom, and Loyola Law School's Fashion Law Project has emerged as the first law school on the West Coast to address the legal issues impacting the industry. With the emergence of e-commerce, brands are striving to adopt the latest digital trends and get to market faster. The Fashion Law Project examines cutting-edge topics such as brand building, intellectual property, fashion financing, international sales and much more. We have compiled articles that reflect these hot-button issues below.
Wanted: Litigators for a Multi-billion Dollar Industry
Fashion Law is Becoming a Ridiculously Profitable Industry, Business Insider
'For the millennial generation of law students, it's all about the merging of entertainment, fashion and technology,' she says. 'That implicates many areas of evolving law. Fashion retailers suddenly have to worry about things like data privacy.' Rapid changes are testing the law."
"Fashion law is a burgeoning niche practice in New York and Los Angeles, both hubs of the approximately $200 billion U.S. apparel market, with both legal firms and design houses hiring specialist attorneys. Their charge is to negotiate real estate deals, advise on mergers and acquisitions, deal with employment disputes and, in some of the most high-profile work, litigate copyright claims."
Pumps and Patents: An Undeniable Pair
"In 2012, a U.S. federal appeals court ruled that the famous French luxury shoe designer was entitled to trademark protection of its signature fire-engine red soles, with certain limitations. 'The signature red sole had become a beacon of high-fashion and the demand is great. Just last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection confiscated 20,457 pairs of counterfeit Christian Louboutin shoes at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport.'"
"We have witnessed and experienced hundreds of instances of design piracy, which can be economically devastating to emerging and independent designers in particular. Modern technology, from the immediate dissemination of runway images online to the surreptitious presence of cellphone cameras at trade shows and in factories, has made it increasingly difficult for designers to outrun copyists and achieve a sustainable return on creative and financial investments without legal help."