Judge ruling means Urban Outfitters could pay Navajo Nation millions

Philadelphia-based retailer Urban Outfitters could potentially have to pay millions of dollars for using the word “Navajo” in its products.

A federal judge in Arizona ruled last week that the Navajo Nation did not delay the filing of its trademark infringement lawsuit against Urban Outfitters – a tactic the retail giant claimed had occurred since the tribe first took legal action in 2012, or about 11 years after the company began using “Navajo” to describe its products, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

The tribe has not named a specific dollar amount that it seeks in damages, however it could soar into the millions if a court rules in their favor.

On some claims, the tribe wants all the profits generated from the Navajo-themed sales. On others, it wants $1,000 per day per item, or three times the profit generated by marketing and retail of products using the name. Lindsay DeMoss, one of a handful of attorneys listed for Urban Outfitters, declined to comment. The company had said in court documents that granting the tribe a monetary windfall for a situation it created with unexplained silence “would be inequitable and unjust.”

The Navajo Nation has spent nearly four years in a legal battle with Urban Outfitters for alleged trademark infringement, violations of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, and other allegations.

Cartoonist Faces Up To 25 Years in Prison For Failed 'Kung Fu Panda' Lawsuit
The FBI alleges that a Massachusetts cartoonist falsely claimed that DreamWorks stole his characters and story for "Kung Fu Panda."

“A federal grand jury indicted amateur cartoonist Jayme Gordon, 51, on December 16, 2015, alleging seven counts of wire fraud and perjury relating to a lawsuit Gordon had filed in 2011 against DreamWorks Animation.

Gordon had claimed that DreamWorks based its 2008 animated feature Kung Fu Panda on his Kung Fu Panda Power pitch, which he claimed to have submitted to DreamWorks previously. He abruptly withdrew his lawsuit in 2013 after DreamWorks attorneys confronted him with evidence he had traced his drawings from a 1996 Disney Lion King coloring book.

According to the indictment, Gordon saw a trailer for Kung Fu Panda in early 2008. Gordon then revised his Panda Power drawings and registered them as Kung Fu Panda Power with the Copyright Office in May 2008, prior to the June 2008 release of DreamWorks’ animated feature.

An expert witness for DreamWorks then pointed out to them that illustrations of Gordon’s pandas that were ostensibly dated 1992 and 1994 were in fact copied from a Disney coloring book that was not released until 1996. DreamWorks concluded that Gordon had backdated the drawings to try to strengthen his copyright claims against DreamWorks.

For the charges of wire fraud and perjury, Gordon faces up to 25 years in prison, six years of supervised release, and fines up to $500,000 plus restitution to DreamWorks. The FBI pointed out in its press release that actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. According to the federal indictment, DreamWorks spent approximately $1 million to defend the lawsuit, and another $2 million was spent by its insurance company.”


NEW VIDEO: “SUED BECAUSE OF MY BOOK - reblog if you want me to check out your blog! i’ll be following a bunch of people who do! :]

We expressed our desire to leave the company when we were at the peak of our popularity. We think that’s why our announcement left such a great impact. If we had said that we wanted to leave the company when we weren’t very popular, it might have seemed like we were coming up with excuses. But we believed that by leaving when we were at the top, it would be better understood by the world and by the masses that we were hurting inside. We believed that when kids who look like they have everything they could have, ever said that they did not have a choice, others would realize ‘There must be a reason for it,’ and try to understand us.
—  JYJ 

Wait I’m seeing a lot of confusion in the Tao tag.

1.)  Tao did NOT lose the entire lawsuit, this was about a single advance payment he got from the company before he left (in April).  It does not include his training fees or anything else, nothing about the contract nullification was mentioned.

2.) “Why didn’t he pay the money back?”  Because SM ent would not give him the bank account number despite many emails from Tao’s staff to get the number

3.) Tao didn’t do anything sketchy, SM did, they basically set him up by not giving him the number when his staff was asking for it, and then suing him for it, which was a method to manipulate the media and netizens.

Please spread around, Exo-l are only reading the headline and not the article or ZTao’s studio’s statement.

On July 31st of 2013, SM Entertainment publically filed a lawsuit against Wu Yifan (WYF), citing his commercial activities in China as violation of his contract and the reason for this lawsuit. For this, WYF gave this studio the right to release this statement:

On January 15, 2008, WYF traveled to Korea alone and became an SM trainee in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a celebrity. After signing a contract with SM, the company continuously delayed WYF’s debut plans. After finally debuting in 2012, WYF encountered another issue: the company had suddenly canceled his part (after a few weeks of practice). When WYF asked the manager about it, SM forced him to leave EXO (lasted for a few months), purposefully putting his career on hold. After negotiations and returning to the group, WYF continued to experience oppressive treatment and unfair distribution of resources. During the comeback, the manager’s prejudice in combination with a high workload and little rest led to health problems. In July 2013, WYF began relying on IV drips and shots to maintain his energy and work until he returned to China in January 2014 to find that he had myocarditis (T/N: IF THIS IS TRUE THEN OMG SM). However, SM didn’t arrange any treatment or rest. With the unequal treatment, lack of opportunities (as in SM didn’t allow him to develop), and lack of future plans, WYF lost faith completely.

Because the reasons above, WYF filed a lawsuit on May 15, 2014 at the Seoul Central District Court, asking the court to rule his contract with SM as void (T/N: not sure if this is official terminology, but y’all know what I mean). On May 14, 2015, the court gave its decision and confirmed that SM must give all rights of management outside of Korea to a third party determined by WYF. The studio believes that the court’s ruling is fair and just, yet after a year of this, SM continues with another lawsuit, unhappy with the court’s ruling. SM does this to stall the process of canceling the contract, further keeping WYF from living his life and doing his job.

WYF has and will always be grateful to SM and the people who helped him grow as a celebrity. He accepted the court’s decision before and will continue to follow the legal rulings on his contract lawsuit.

At the same time, WYF has hired a professional team of lawyers, Chinese and Korean, to assist in the lawsuit, and he will continue to fulfill his work commitments in China. Until the lawsuit is finished, WYF and the studio will no longer speak about the lawsuit and anything related to the mess between SM and WYF. Everything will be handled by the lawyers.

WYF Studio

*trans by dorkstal on OH
We Finally Know Why One Direction Are Being Taken To Court And It's Ridiculous
So so silly.

When we found out that One Direction were being taken court, we were intrigued, panicked and concerned all rolled into one.

We’re not sure how the lads would look in an orange jumpsuit after all.

But now, we finally know the reason and thankfully, they’ve been here before so we’re pretty sure that they will be able to handle it like pros.

The entire band - Zayn included - are actually being sued for quite a serious reason as a singer/songwriter is claiming that the band plagiarised ‘Story Of My Life’ from one his songs.

Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn, as well as their team of songwriters - Jamie Scott, John Ryan and Julian Bunetta - are all involved.

Dave Lewis, the songwriter questioning the song claims that the 1D anthem is a rip off of his song ‘Swimming Pool’.  

We’re not so sure that this is going to stand up in court, but hey, what do we know? Watch this space.