LA Firm Says Jeans Maker Made 'Disbarment' Threat

Law360, Los Angeles (August 7, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT) -- Linde Law Firm PC on Monday sued a British manufacturer of riding jeans it represented in a trademark dispute, alleging SMD Group Ltd. and parent company Ariat International Inc. threatened to have the firm disbarred if it sought payment for its legal services.

Linde, a Los Angeles boutique, filed the suit more than two years after it withdrew from representing SMD, which had sued rival jeans maker Guru Denim Inc. for allegedly infringing on its “Horseshoe” trademark. Since receiving a settlement in August 2011, Linde says,...
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