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Anthropologie sues Forever 21 over copyright

NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Urban Outfitters Inc's URBN.O Anthropologie unit, which sells fashionable women's clothes, accessories, furniture and home goods, has sued Forever 21, alleging copyright infringement, according to court documents obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

The case, filed in Manhattan federal court on Sept. 6, accuses the privately owned retailer of copyright infringement, unfair competition and deceptive trade practices.

According to the complaint, Forever 21 sells “various garments that bear patterned images and color schemes that have been copied from, and infringe upon, copyrighted patterns taken from clothing that was or is currently being sold by ... Anthropologie.”

This is the second infringement case Anthropologie has filed against Forever 21. In March 2006, it filed a complaint regarding one garment. The new case involves several.

According to the complaint, Forever 21, which sells trendy, inexpensive clothes at some 400 stores in the United States and Canada, has been named as a defendant in at least 17 other federal lawsuits involving claims of copyright infringement.

Prior plaintiffs have included Bebe Stores Inc BEBE.O, Diane Von Furstenberg, Anna Sui and Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers brand. (Reporting by Martinne Geller) (Editing by Dave Zimmerman; Reuters messaging: martinne.geller.reuters.com@reuters.net; martinne.geller@reuters.com; +1 646 223 6023))

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