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Lacoste, Crocodile Garments Settle In China Court

Law360 (October 24, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- French fashion retailer Lacoste has settled a lawsuit against a Hong Kong garments firm that uses a left-facing lizard logo reminiscent of Lacoste's trademarked right-facing crocodile, Reuters reported.

Under the settlement, reached in a Beijing court, Hong Kong's Crocodile Garments, a former business partner of Lacoste's, agreed to stop selling clothes with its crocodile logo in mainland China by 2006.

After that, the company will sell only products embazoned with a refashioned reptile with a markedly curly tail, according to the news report.

In 1980, Lacoste...
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