Apparel Design and Manufacturing Company Topson Downs and Target Successfully Defend Against Copyright Claim

  Apparel Design and Manufacturing Company Topson Downs and Target
  Successfully Defend Against Copyright Claim

Business Wire

LOS ANGELES -- January 15, 2013

Topson Downs of California, Inc. and Target Corporation recently prevailed
against Meridian Textiles Inc.’s claims of copyright infringement of four
fabric designs.

Meridian filed a motion for summary judgment on its claims, which was opposed.
Finding that the defendants overcame the presumption of valid copyright
ownership afforded by an issued copyright registration, Judge R. Gary Klausner
of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California agreed that
one design (a zebra stripe pattern) was not entitled to copyright protection
as it merely reflected zebra stripes as they occur in nature and thus ordered
the Copyright Office to invalidate that registration. The Court further found
no infringement of the other three asserted designs (an animal print, a
burnout pattern and a lace design).

Significantly, on the court’s own initiative based on the substantial evidence
provided by law firm Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP (“EBG”) on the defendants’
behalf, Judge Klausner granted summary judgment in defendants’ favor. In this
case, EBG partners Jeffrey Kobulnick and Mark Brutzkus argued against the
validity of the asserted copyright registrations and provided the Court with
substantial evidence to defeat Meridian Textiles’ infringement claims.

“We are extremely happy with Judge Klausner’s ruling as this is a tremendous
win not only for Topson and Target, but for many other manufacturers,
distributors and retailers in the apparel industry,” said Brutzkus.

Topson Downs is a global apparel manufacturing company. Target Corporation is
the second-largest discount retailer in the United States. Ezra Brutzkus
Gubner, well known in the Apparel & Fashion Industry, has a strong litigation
practice defending against claims of copyright infringement of fabric designs.

Contact:

Horowitz Agency for EBG
Seth Horowitz, 323-545-3408
seth@horowitzagency.com