Federal Judge Finds Declaratory Judgment Standing In Trademark Case

(April 21, 2016, 11:09 AM EDT) -- NEW YORK — Efforts by Hachette Filipacchi Presse — owner of the “ELLE” trademark — to dismiss a declaratory judgment action by fashion designer Elle Sasson were unsuccessful on April 20, when a New York federal judge ruled instead that the case should proceed (Elle Sasson, et al. v. Hachette Filipacchi Presse, No. 15-194, S.D. N.Y.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52902).

(Decision available. Document #16-160502-007Z.)

According to U.S. Judge Sarah Netburn of the Southern District of New York, threats by Hachette to sue Sasson and marketing...
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