Robert Lopez Sues Macy’s Over Lower East Side Trademark

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 at 6:28 am by

This image has been archived or removed.

Best sticker ever

The battlefield of litigation – strewn with the corpses of infringing parties – has been silent for quite some time. Robert G. Lopez, founder of the LES Clothing Co. and owner of its Lower East Side trademark, was focusing his energies on running the brand from his nascent retail store at 43 Clinton Street. Now it’s back to the front lines for the guy.

This image has been archived or removed.

Apparently a few customers had come into the store looking for a specific LES-branded shirt that Macy’s recently began selling. Ever on top of his game, Lopez swiftly filed suit yesterday against the department store for appropriating the Lower East Side moniker for exploitation. As with previous actions targeted toward the Goliath-sized fashion industry, this so-called David is seeking all profits derived from sale of such goods as well as punitive damages.

This image has been archived or removed.

Taking a step back, it’s incredible how successful Lopez has been in enforcing his intellectual property. There was Payless Shoesource, J. Crew, Aeropostale (2 times), Urban Outfitters, and Mitchell & Ness.  Not to mention New Era Cap, www.cafepress.com, www.skreened.com, and www.t-shirtmojo.com. If past is precedent, expect another settlement here.

Below is the complaint, hot off the press:

Robert Lopez vs. Macy’s

Recent Stories

Newcomer Tres Leches Cafe Keeps Orchard Street in Treats

A new bakery dedicated to all things tres leches is now serving in Hell Square. DIU Tea didn’t survive the pandemic, and its former footprint at 160 Orchard Street is now occupied by Tres Leches Cafe Downtown. The newcomer serves up a bevy of desserts, but also bagels, muffins, and coffees. It opened last month, […]

East River Park Advocates Appeal Redacted Resiliency Engineering Report

In a late-day mailer yesterday, East River Park advocates announced an appeal of the heavily redacted Value Engineering Study, the report Mayor de Blasio cited in 2018 when announcing the sudden change in the flood control plan. East River Park ACTION attorney Jack Lester sent an appeal on March 2 to the City’s Department of […]

Lower East Sider Spends Birthday Buffing Graffiti from MOSCOT on Orchard Street

For her birthday, a Lower East Side native only wanted to help MOSCOT restore its image. Its Orchard Street storefront, that is. You’ll recall that the exterior of the cornershop has gradually devolved into a mess of graffiti tags in recent months. Paint on nearly every surface, including the shutters and billboard boxes. There is […]

Clayton’s Corner: Martha Cooper to Middle Collegiate

Clayton Patterson sent his latest dispatch of imagery from his recent neighborhood walkabouts. The latest Clayton’s Corner is here. Legendary graffiti photographer, Martha Cooper, standing beside a payphone in Astor Place that features one of her iconic images. NY PopsUp spent last weekend at the International Center of Photography on Essex Street. It drew crowds […]

Upside Pizza Slinging Slices in Little Italy

Upside Pizza is now serving at the former home of Pomodoro in Little Italy. It opened on Spring Street this past Wednesday. Founder Noam Grossman and partners Eli and Oren Halali (behind 2 Brothers and Taqueria Diana) had been renovating 51 Spring Street since the fall. The pizza parlor opted for a gut renovation, resulting […]