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9th Annual Symposium

Join us for the highlight of the fashion calendar: our 9th Annual Symposium on April 12th!

DATE: April 12, 2019
TIME: 9am-6pm
PLACE: Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 6.0 hours total (5.0 professional practice,
transitional & non-transitional, and 1.0 ethics)


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Inside Look at In-House 4 tweet with a photo of the panelists at Inside-Out 4: Fashion's In-House Counsel on What Keeps Them Awake at Night

Click through for more from Daily Fashion Report’s Laurel Marcus on our fourth annual in-house counsel panel!

Fashion Week is always a good time to check in with Professor Susan Scalfidi Fashion Law Institute at Fordham University. On Friday morning I did just that with “Inside Out 4,” a breakfast panel featuring seven seemingly bright-eyed lawyers discussing the invigorating question: “What Keeps Fashion’s In-House Counsel Awake at Night?” Undoubtedly these individuals often forgo their beauty rest due to a number of worries. Some examples of these include new and ever-changing technology (cybersecurity, A.I. for instance); complying with advertising regulations; securing customer privacy and big data; and the levying of international tariffs.

Others mentioned additional obstacles to getting some “shut-eye:” YouTubers posing as content creators, often in direct conflict with digital or print media; constantly trying to avoid missteps involving cultural appropriation; “inspiration” vs. copying issues; violations of copyrights on fashion and art; liability issues from loan agreements regarding fragile works of art or fashion; and class action wage lawsuits involving things as simple as employee bag searches which occur before time clocks are punched. Whew! I’m exhausted just listing these items.


Inside Out 4: Our Annual Fashion's In-House Counsel Event!
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Happy New Year!

We look forward to seeing you in the New Year! Early registration is now open for upcoming events:

Friday morning, February 8 - Annual February NYFW panel:
Inside Out 4 - Fashion's In-House Counsel

Friday, April 12 - 9th Annual Fashion Law Institute Symposium

Once again, there is a holiday treat if you register for both by January 6!

And, if you're feeling the spirit of the season, the glee of a holiday bonus, or simply the satisfaction of planning a tax deduction before the end of the year, please help us continue the work of the Fashion Law Institute with your donation. We're a self-supporting 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and contributions at all levels are deeply appreciated and remembered!

Inside-Out 4: Fashion’s In-House Counsel

In-house counsel spend countless hours warding off legal nightmares — and what’s worse, those hours are not billable! Join us for our annual New York Fashion Week panel, "Inside Out 4: What Keeps Fashion's In-House Counsel Awake at Night?"!

DATE: Friday, February 8, 2019
TIME: 9:30-10:45am (breakfast 9am)
PLACE: Bateman Room, 2nd Floor, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional


  • Grace Fu, Barneys New York
  • Angela Byun, Condé Nast
  • Elisheva Jasie, Coty
  • Cristina Del Valle & Amy Lamberti,
    Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Paula Barnes, Macy's
  • Jeffrey Hellman, PVH
  • Derek Morales, Ralph Lauren


If you have not registered and are a member of the media (with credentials) planning to cover this event, please email us at

Breaking: Gucci & Forever 21 Settle Stripes Case

Forever 21 and Gucci have settled their lawsuit over the Gucci Web trademarks – the famous Gucci Blue-Red-Blue and Green-Red-Green stripes.

The high-profile companies’ struggle over stripes created ripples throughout the fashion industry, especially among companies accustomed to sending cease-and-desist letters and negotiating private settlements with fast fashion’s usual suspects.   F21’s preemptive dash to court via a declaratory judgment action didn’t strip Gucci of its stripes, but it will have a lingering effect on brand protection programs, causing trademark owners to re-consider whether sending a C&D is risk-free.

Disclosure: Professor Scafidi was an expert for Gucci in this case.



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