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Motorcycle Fashion Takes a Turn with a Hells Angels Lawsuit
The Hell’s Angels are suing design house Alexander McQueen.
Los Angeles, CA (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2010 - “This is a lawsuit one would normally expect to
see on the dockets, but there it is,” said David Alden Erikson, a Los Angeles business litigation attorney. Mr.
Erikson specializes in Los Angeles fashion law, internet law, business litigation, trademark and copyright law.
“This lawsuit involves the Hell’s Angels bikers suing Alexander McQueen’s fashion design house and Saks for
trademark infringement. What could the design house possibly be infringing on? Would you believe the bikers
death-head design? It seems the death-head is appearing on clothing, handbags and jewelry, and the Hell’s
Angels are not amused,” Erikson said.
The complaint alleges that McQueen’s company, Saks and Zappos have been selling death-head goods in
stores in California and online. The Angels insist they have been using that mark since 1948 and the skull with
wings is now starting to appear in things and on things it should not, including entertainment and promotional
“What are they selling? Evidently, the three named defendants have been selling a Hells Angels Jacquard Box
dress and a Hells Angels Pashmina that feature the trademark. The jacquard dress sells on McQueen’s website
for $1,595 and the pashmina scarf commands $560. There is also a handbag dubbed the Hell’s Knuckle Duster
on Zappo’s website with a price tag of $2,329.00” Erikson said.
The named defendants are speechless by choice and refuse to comment on the validity of the lawsuit, preferring
instead to perhaps have their day in court. “This is such an interesting case, you might want to find out if indeed
the skull with wings is a Hell’s Angels trademark and if that mark is being infringed upon ." Erikson said.
The case is Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp. v. Alexander McQueen Trading Ltd., 10-08029, U.S. District Court,
Central District of California (Los Angeles)
To learn more about David Alden Erikson, Attorney at Law, visit http://www.daviderikson.com.
David Erikson Attorney At Law
200 North Larchmont Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004-3707
Call: (323) 465-3100
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