Judge Rules Against Louis Vuitton In Handbag Case

Law360, New York (June 5, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a four-year legal battle between two manufacturers of high-end handbags, a federal judge has ruled in favor of Dooney & Bourke Inc. and dismissed a trademark suit filed by Louis Vuitton Malletier.

Judge Shira Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York ruled May 30 that although lines of handbags produced by the two companies had “obvious similarities,” consumers were unlikely to be confused by them and Louis Vuitton's claims of trademark infringement were without merit.

Louis Vuitton sued in 2004, claiming that Dooney &...
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