The Los Angeles Times reported on May 21 that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a “pro forma” letter to Rich Soil, the clothing line launched by NBA star Lamar Odom and designer Jonathan Garcia. According to the Associated Press, Cuomo warned that the logo on one of the brand’s T-shirts could be in violation of copyright law.
Odom’s wife, socialite Khloe Kardashian, was photographed wearing a Rich Soil brand shirt that bore the silhouette of the Statue of Liberty above a farm with the words “Rich Soil New York.” The Times reported that the logo resembles a similar image from a New York farm program with the Statue of Liberty above a farm and crop rows with the words “Pride of New York” circling it. That logo was created to identify food grown in New York.
In a letter to the company, Department of Agriculture lawyer Susan Rosenthal said, “The State of New York has invested substantial time, effort and resources creating the respect and goodwill associated with the trademark.”
According to the Times, the shirt is no longer available on the company’s website. If you have questions about pursuing a trademark or copyright infringement claim, enter your information in the form on this page or contact our firm at (323) 653-3900 to have our Los Angeles copyright infringement lawyer review your case.
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