Urban Outfitters Seeks Quick Exit From Coachella TM Suit

By Dave Simpson (June 23, 2017, 7:29 PM EDT) -- Urban Outfitters Inc. asked a California federal court Thursday to dismiss it from a trademark lawsuit brought by Coachella Music Festival, arguing the relevant allegations of stolen intellectual property are aimed solely at its co-defendant and subsidiary Free People.

Urban says Coachella failed to present facts alleging it is the legal alter-ego of clothing boutique Free People of PA LLC, which Coachella has accused of violating its trademark with branding like "Bella Coachella" and "Coachella Valley." The only allegations aimed directly at Urban are claims that the clothing retailer purchased "Coachella" as a search keyword, the motion argues.

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