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Stella McCartney Sues Steve Madden Over Knockoff Bags

Law360, New York (October 7, 2015, 1:56 PM EDT) -- Fashion designer Stella McCartney Ltd. hit Steve Madden Ltd. with a lawsuit Tuesday accusing the retailer of infringing both design patents and trade dress by selling a knockoff shoulder bag.

Stella McCartney's Falabella foldover tote, left, and Steve Madden's Btotally bag (Credit: Court documents) In a complaint filed in New York federal court, McCartney says Steve Madden's Btotally tote bag is a “nearly-identical” knockoff of the company's own Falabella bag, directly mimicking “every key element,” like a continuous chain attached to the sides of the bag that form its handle strap.

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October 6, 2015

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