Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Arent Fox's fashion law blog offers news, analysis, and insights for the industry from fashion attorney Anthony Lupo.

Fashion Counsel with Anthony V. Lupo

Thorne Maginnis

Thorne Maginnis
Associate
Washington, DC
202.857.6373

Thorne Maginnis is an associate in Arent Fox’s regulatory department.

* Thorne is not admitted to the District of Columbia Bar. He is supervised by principals of the firm.

Previous Work

Before joining Arent Fox, Thorne was with the firm as a summer associate in 2013. Before that, he was a law clerk at the Civil Division of the US Department of Justice. Prior to law school, he spent two years as a legislative aide to a member of the US House of Representatives, handling a variety of domestic policy issues.

 

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Walgreens Settles Pricing Dispute After New York’s Years Long Investigation

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Walgreens recently settled with the state of New York over allegations that the drug retail chain misled consumers with its pricing, including value and clearance prices. According to the New York attorney general’s office, an undercover investigation showed that Walgreens was overcharging customers compared to the prices displayed in print advertising and on-shelf tags. Walgreens agreed to pay $500,000 to settle the dispute and has agreed to review and correct the allegedly misleading pricing practices. This should serve as a reminder to retailers in all industries of the need to exercise care in product pricing, as this area has become a common target for regulators and the plaintiff’s bar.

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J Crew Hit With Class Action over Online Factory Store Prices

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J Crew Group Inc. was recently hit with a nationwide class action lawsuit alleging that the clothing retailer offers fictitious sales on the J Crew Factory store website. According to the complaint, while items throughout the site are offered at “sale” prices, they are never actually sold at the higher “valued at” price listed to advertise potential savings. Asserting that the company’s pricing strategy violates dozens of state consumer protection laws, the complaint seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as injunctive relief. This is the most recent case in a litany of class actions attacking allegedly “phantom” sale prices. It serves as an important reminder to retailers nationwide to be careful when advertising sale prices and when using price comparisons.

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House of Cards Producer Sued over Trademark Licensing Dispute

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The producer of popular Netflix television series “House of Cards” has been sued in federal court on claims of trademark infringement for its use of the trademark HOUSE OF CARDS. See D2 Holdings LLC v. MRC II Distribution Co., L.P., et al. 1:16CV10453 (D. Mass. March 3, 2016). The plaintiff, D2 Holdings LLC, and its predecessor-in-interest have owned a federal registration for HOUSE OF CARDS since 2007, years before the popular political drama of the same name aired in 2013. While defendant MRC II Distribution Company L.P. has been using the title “House of Cards” since the show first aired, the company recently licensed several entities to use the mark “HOUSE OF CARDS” on various products, including slot machines and clothing items – a decision that led D2 to file suit. 

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