Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West has been awarded $2.7 million (£2.1 million) in her lawsuit with a so-called “fast fashion” brand she accused of ripping off her outfits.
The reality TV star took retailer Missguided USA to court in California, alleging it used her fame to sell clothes and was “notorious” for “knocking off” designer items she modelled.
Kardashian West’s lawsuit said the brand does not “merely replicate the looks of these celebrities” but “systematically uses the names and image” of stars to promote its website.
Newly released court documents say Missguided USA failed to defend itself and a default judgement was made, awarding Kardashian West £2.1 million in damages as well as about £47,000 in legal fees.
A ruling delivered at the California Central District Court by Judge Virginia A Phillips added Missguided USA is banned from using Kardashian West’s “trademarks in connection with the sale, marketing or distribution of its products”.
Missguided was set up in Manchester in 2009 by businessman Nitin Passi. It has collaborated on fashion lines with celebrities including Nicole Scherzinger, R&B singer Pia Mia and model Jourdan Dunn.
The mother-of-four tweeted: “It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas.
“I’ve watched these companies profit off my husband’s work for years and now that it’s also affecting designers who have been so generous to give me access to their beautiful works, I can no longer sit silent.
“Only two days ago, I was privileged enough to wear a one-of-a-kind vintage Mugler dress and in less than 24 hours it was knocked off and thrown up on a site – but it’s not for sale. You have to sign up for a waitlist because the dress hasn’t even been made to sell yet.”
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