Thursday, May 20, 2010
Target and Coach settle lawsuit over look-alike handbags
Several months ago, I ranted about Target copying Coach's handbag designs. Well earlier this week, Coach Inc. annoounced that it has settled its lawsuit against Target seven months after accusing the Minneapolis-based discounter of ripping off some of its luxury handbag designs. Exact terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Coach filed the case in October, claiming that handbags "bearing exact and/or confusingly similar reproductions" to its Ergo and Signature Patchwork design (shown) began showing up on Target shelves last Summer. Coach launched the popular designs in 2008.
In a joint statement, Coach said that all parties, including consumer goods sourcing company LF USA, which made the handbags sold at Target, have "amicably resolved the recent lawsuit." Target did not comment about the agreement.
Coach sued Target over a similar handbag design issue in 2006, which also resulted in a confidential settlement.