Ralph Lauren, US Polo Trademark Row Sent To Arbitration

By David McAfee (September 4, 2014, 10:39 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Thursday tossed a lawsuit brought by Ralph Lauren Corp. against United States Polo Association Inc. and others for allegedly refusing to abide by a 2003 settlement governing the use of the plaintiff's iconic mounted polo-player trademark, saying the case belongs in arbitration.

U.S. District Judge Thomas P. Griesa granted motions by USPA and India-based master manufacturer Arvind Inc. to dismiss the complaint and compel arbitration based on a broad arbitration provision in the parties' earlier settlement agreement. The judge rejected Ralph Lauren's argument that the defendants waived their right to arbitration.

Judge Griesa held that...

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