Uggs Knockoff Suit Against Wal-Mart Joined With 3 Others

Law360, New York (July 7, 2014, 6:56 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Thursday consolidated four lawsuits accusing Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Sears Holdings Corp. and two other retailers of flouting trade dress and design patents belonging to Uggs footwear brand owner Deckers Outdoor Co.

U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II ruled that four cases — which also target J.C. Penney Co. Inc. and Dreams Footwear Inc. — are related because they contain nearly identical legal issues under the Lanham Act and each case involves the same two patents.

"The Deckers cases are deemed related because they will call for determination of the same and substantially similar questions of...

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