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Zara and Amiri’s Year-Long Biker Jeans Lawsuit Ends in Settlement

A $3 million lawsuit involving luxury denim brand Amiri and fast-fashion retailer Zara has come to a close after nearly a year-long pursuit.

Atelier Luxury Group, LLC, which owns Amiri, first filed the lawsuit in January alleging that the fast-fashion brand copied the company’s MX2 jeans, classified by its skinny fit with pleated leather paneling and zippers at and around the knee, and often seen on celebrities and influencers. Zara’s version sold for $50, while Amiri’s retails for $1,150 and more.

The lawsuit sought damages in excess of $3 million for injunctive relief, compensatory damages and punitive damages as a result of Zara’s alleged failure to seek permission to use its design. Claims against the fast-fashion brand include federal trade dress infringement, federal trade dress dilution, federal unfair competition and false designation of origin, California trade dress dilution and California unfair competition.

In April, Zara pushed back on the allegations, claiming Amiri’s MX2 jeans are “functional, generic, ornamental, and/or not distinctive,” and that the company lacks the protectable trade dress rights needed for legal action. In order to win the case, Amiri would need to identify a distinctive mark or configuration that was replicated.

While both styles contain similar features such as paneling and zippers, as well as washes and fits, the uniqueness of the style proved difficult for the luxury brand to prove. The Fashion Law reported on a Dec. 16 filing that the parties are currently in the process of a settlement and “expect to file a stipulation of dismissal within the coming weeks.”

This is not the first time Zara has landed in hot water for allegedly duplicating the work of other designers, and Amiri’s lawsuit included this note. In the past five years, Zara has been the subject of similar lawsuits with streetwear clothing brand Rebel8 and clothing and footwear company Seychelles Imports, LLC—both of which were eventually dismissed.