Urban Outfitters, Hot Topic Sued For Flouting 'Vinyl' Mark

Law360, New York (January 29, 2015, 5:06 PM EST) -- Urban Outfitters Inc. and Hot Topic Inc. were slapped Wednesday with a trademark infringement lawsuit by a marketing executive who accuses them of selling shirts that steal the slogan “The Plural of Vinyl is Vinyl.”

The complaint, filed in Tennessee federal court, was brought by Nashville marketing executive Jay Millar who says he came up with the phrase in 2012 as a way to promote vinyl ahead of Record Store Day. Millar says clothing manufacturer Altru Apparel Inc., which works with Urban Outfitters and Hot Topic, never secured a license to use the slogan on its products.

Millar claims Altru Apparel...

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