Hot Kiss, Ross Stores alleged to have infringed copyrighted textile design

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 16, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles company alleges its copyrighted artwork for textiles was used without its permission.

Romex Textiles Inc. filed a complaint on July 30 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against HK Worldwide LLC, doing business as Hot Kiss; Apollo Apparel NY LLC; Burlington Stores Inc.; Ross Stores Inc. and Does 1-10 alleging copyright infringement.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff owns a two-dimensional artwork titled AE_T1697 for use on textiles. It alleges the defendants either manufactured or sold garments with fabric that features a design identical or substantially similar to the plaintiff's design.

The plaintiff holds HK Worldwide LLC, Apollo Apparel NY LLC, Burlington Stores Inc., Ross Stores Inc. and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly infringed the plaintiff's copyrighted design and caused it damage.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, award all profits of the defendants plus all losses of plaintiff, the exact sum to be proven at time of trial, attorneys’ fee, interest, costs of litigation, and that plaintiff be awarded such further legal and equitable relief as the court deems proper. It is represented by C. Yong Jeong and Regina S. Vernay of Jeong & Likens LC in Los Angeles.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-06543

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