Dr. Martens Maker Sues Retailer Over Alleged Knockoffs

Law360, New York (September 18, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT) -- The manufacturer of Dr. Martens brand footwear on Wednesday sued online clothing retailer Chinese Laundry for trademark infringement in California, alleging the apparel company is selling boots that rip off Doc Martens' distinct look.

In its complaint, U.K.-based shoe maker AirWair International Ltd. alleges Chinese Laundry is selling Dr. Martens knockoffs under its “Dirty Laundry” brand. AirWair claims the overall appearance of the Chinese Laundry footwear “is virtually identical to the iconic Dr. Martens 1460 boot.”

AirWair says the boots infringe Dr. Martens trade dress. Besides...
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Case Information

Case Title

Airwair International Ltd. v. Cels Enterprises, Inc.

Case Number



California Northern

Nature of Suit



Edward M. Chen

Date Filed

September 18, 2013

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