Cheerleader Uniform IP Case Ends With Unusual Settlement

By Bill Donahue (August 10, 2017, 1:41 PM EDT) -- Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a long-running copyright fight between two cheerleading uniform companies, the case came to a conclusion Thursday with an unusual settlement reached without one party's consent.

A Tennessee federal judge agreed to let Varsity Brands Inc., the country's largest cheerleading supplier, drop its claims against an upstart rival called Star Athletica, which Varsity had accused of illegally copying key elements of uniform designs.

Star Athletica's insurance company independently struck a settlement with Varsity over the alleged illegal copying of key elements of cheerleading uniform designs. (Getty) The order will end a 7-year-old case...

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