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November 19, 1999
Immigrant workers who made name-brand clothes labored in sweatshop conditions, working long hours without overtime pay for far less than minimum wage, two lawsuits filed Thursday allege. The suits, filed in federal court, name as defendants trendy fashion house BCBG Maxazria, of Los Angeles, and clothing labels City Girl, based in Commerce, and Hobby Horse, a Chino company. Also named are the Los Angeles-area sewing contractors who were the plaintiffs' actual employers.
February 6, 1999 |
A judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit accusing Nike of misrepresenting conditions at Asian factories in order to mislead customers. The lawsuit, filed in April by a consumer advocate, claimed Nike violated California false-advertising laws in its campaign in defense of wages, treatment of workers, and health and safety conditions at overseas plants run by contractors.
August 8, 1996 |
Guess Inc. and 16 of its contractors were accused of cheating employees out of wages, condoning illegal child labor and other abuses in a suit filed Wednesday by immigrant garment workers in Los Angeles. The lawsuit, backed by the garment industry union Unite, is a new salvo in the labor organization's battle against Guess, the biggest manufacturer in Southern California's apparel industry. Named as plaintiffs were five Latino garment workers who have been employed by Guess contractors.
January 1, 1992 |
Y.C. Tsai Sewing Enterprises Inc. has been ordered by a federal judge to pay 19 workers $119,000 in back wages and damages. Tsai Sewing, at 2420 Cape Cod Way in Santa Ana, assembles men's and boys' shirts and shorts for beachwear. The federal Department of Labor sued Tsai Sewing after an investigation. In a default judgment, a U.S. District Court judge in Los Angeles ordered the firm to pay $59,395 in unpaid minimum wage and overtime pay and an equal amount in damages.
March 13, 1992 |
In a potentially groundbreaking legal victory for laborers in the abuse-ridden apparel industry, 19 Los Angeles garment workers who claimed they were denied minimum wages and overtime pay have won a judgment of $805,676 against their former employers. Federal and state officials called it one of the nation's biggest back-pay awards ever in a garment industry case, and perhaps the largest in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1994 |
A Los Angeles jury got to the bottom of the glow-in-the-dark panties controversy Monday, leaving a local garment manufacturer $175,000 lighter. Phosphorescent lingerie inventor Mark Graham was awarded compensatory damages from underwear maker Joe Hara as jurors ruled that Hara had stolen Graham's idea for glowing bras and bustiers. But the Superior Court panel paused only briefly before refusing to award punitive damages to Graham--now a 41-year-old Nashville songwriter.
June 28, 1997 |
Is Limited Inc.--owner of Victoria's Secret, among other specialty apparel chains--secretly mislabeling Chinese-made garments to evade U.S. import quotas? That's the accusation made by a textile manufacturers' group in a lawsuit--which has wide implications for the future course of U.S. trade policy--filed recently in Los Angeles federal court.
June 1, 2000 |
Fashion giant Calvin Klein Inc. is suing Warnaco Group Inc., alleging that the maker of its underwear and jeans lines violated the designer's trademarks and improperly sold merchandise. The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New York, seeks to end all agreements between the two companies, both based in New York. It also seeks to recoup Warnaco's profit from improper sales and asked for unspecified compensatory damages.
January 7, 1991 |
Seattle Clothing Designer Sues Competitor: The designer of the Seattle Gear clothing line sued a Los Angeles competitor for alleged trademark infringement, false advertising and unfair competition. In the federal suit, designer Deborah Ann Daley contends that Malibu West illegally copied her T-shirts, stirrup pants, jumpsuits and "bomber" jackets. In addition to an order halting Malibu West's production of the clothing line, the suit seeks unspecified damages. (Case No. 91-0036. Filed Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1991
The owner of a Silver Lake garment manufacturing shop has been ordered to pay $1,600 in overtime wages to 23 employees to settle a lawsuit filed against the company by the U. S. Department of Labor. U. S. District Judge Stephen Wilson ordered Ambartsoum Palian, the owner of Tereza Manufacturing Co.