Shoes were hitting the legal dockets in numbers and mainly for Trademark reasons. Some examples of cases where shoes became courtroom drama will be discussed in this post. Let’s now look to see just who walked all over who:
- Shoes and branding became a reason to sue on the grounds of Racial Discrimination
An employee at a boutique shoe outlet called a tennis star to her face “disgusting,” and refused to give the similar rate of discount that was offered to white celebrities. The suit has moved forward with the shoe store not even have conducted an investigation and have not received a courtesy of a reply yet. They allege that the claim is possibly baseless. Still, the treatment received was based off the purchase of shoes and discrimination received as a result.
- Being the daughter of a President does not give immunity to suit when a designer alleges Trademark Infringement against you when you design shoes
A designer whose label came to an end agreed to finally withdraw a case. The case had seen the first daughter’s company accusing her of copying a fringe sandal and a pump in her line of footwear. The court date was set for March 2018 and the Judge ruled that testimony would be required. Perhaps the added pressure of that pushed a momentum towards the case being amicably settled or withdrawn. The battle lasted a year for whatever that was worth. Settling is much more suitable when you do not wish to face backlash and especially when you are at the forefront of American politics. Continue reading