Claims Snipped From Design Within Reach Chair Suit

Law360, New York (August 18, 2009, 5:53 PM EDT) -- Furniture retailer Design Within Reach has won the dismissal of multiple claims, including trademark dilution and unfair competition, from a lawsuit alleging it sells chairs modeled after fellow furniture maker Heller Inc.’s line of sleek, stackable chairs.

In a ruling passed down Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge John Koeltl ruled that Heller had failed to properly state a claim for trademark dilution, unfair competition as to trade dress, injury to business reputation, common law trade dress infringement...
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