French court throws out bear suit

31st May 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, May 30 (AFP) - A Paris court dismissed a damages claim by French fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac against the Italian ready-to-wear firm Dolce and Gabbana for selling a teddy bear design he said copied his.

PARIS, May 30 (AFP) - A Paris court dismissed a damages claim by French fashion designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac against the Italian ready-to-wear firm Dolce and Gabbana for selling a teddy bear design he said copied his.

The court ruled that the fact de Castelbajac had used the bear design on a coat did not give him rights over other clothing articles containing the same idea.

De Castelbajac had asked for EUR 250,000 in damages after Dolce and Gabbana marketed a skirt with similar brightly coloured bears.

Instead, the court ordered him to pay the Italian company EUR 4,000 to cover legal costs.

 © AFP


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