Artist Claims Whirlpool Ripped Off Her Mixer Designs

Law360, Los Angeles (May 3, 2013, 6:08 PM EDT) -- Whirlpool Corp. with hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit Thursday brought by an artist who claims it hired her to design hand-painted KitchenAid mixers, but then brought on a different artist to copy her designs.

Nicole C. Laye, an Arlington, Wash., resident who is the founder and president of design firm Un Amore Inc., sued the home appliance maker in the Western District of Washington alleging it makes artsy kitchen appliances that look strikingly similar to her own.

Laye, formerly known as Nicole Dinardo and described...
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