Drama: New Balance Sues Karl Lagerfeld
UPDATED: The footwear company claims that the designer is knocking off its trademark sneakers.
Karl Lagerfeld is in legal trouble for one of his designs. New Balance is suing the designer for knocking off one of the footwear company's signature sneakers.
The lawsuit, first reported by TMZ, claims Lagerfeld used a capital "K" on a pair of sneakers under the Karl Lagerfeld brand that closely resembles New Balance's iconic "N" logo. The sneaker brand says "this creates confusion" between the two labels. The New Balance "410" sneaker retails for $104.08, while the Karl Lagerfeld pair costs $360.
"On June 3, 2014, New Balance filed a lawsuit against Karl Lagerfeld to protect our intellectual property rights related to our iconic Lifestyle footwear designs. Although we cannot comment on the specifics of the case, we believe it is vital to actively and vigorously defend our brand," a New Balance spokesperson tells Pret-a-Reporter.