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Ed Hardy Sale

‘Ed Hardy Sale ?Apparently Christian Audigier wants to sell his company for $700 million. What Christian Audigier forgets to say is he doesn’t actually own Ed Hardy, which was the brain-child of Stephen Howl and Don Ed Hardy who merely lease Christian the license.

AUDIGIER’S EXIT PLAN: Christian Audigier wants to sell his company and is in talks with private equity firms, apparel manufacturers in California, and European firms — more than 15 in all — about buying the business, which encompasses 10 brands and includes his namesake label and the tattoo-inspired line Ed Hardy. Audigier said he may sell the brands separately. One thing is certain: He’s asking for at least $700 million for the entire company, a high price in these straitened times. With 92 licensees, the Culver City, Calif.-based firm expects wholesale sales to more than double to $300 million this year from a year ago. Audigier couldn’t provide estimates for the retail operations, which include 23 stores he owns and 42 stores run by franchisees. Having already signed leases for 12 new stores next year, he said denim veteran Hubert Guez recently joined the company as chief executive officer.

Ed Hardy versus Christian Audigier

Ed Hardy versus Christian Audigier Don Ed Hardy Says Tattoo Designs infringed by Christian Audigier

Don Ed Hardy, the first American tattoo artist to study with Japanese experts, sued a former licensee for copyright infringement.

Hardy, who came to tattooing with a degree in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, formed Hardy Life in 2004 for the purpose of licensing his intellectual property to third parties, according to the May 29 complaint filed in federal court in Los Angeles.

One of his licensees was Christian Audigier, a high-profile French entrepreneur and fashion designer. In September 2004, Hardy licensed 1,800 tattoo designs to Audigier and Los Angeles- based Nervous Tattoo Inc.

Celebrities such as Shakira, Madonna, Parish Hilton, Leonardo Dicaprio and Kanye West have been photographed wearing clothing derived from Hardy’s designs.

After some initial disputes, the parties negotiated a new license agreement for a 10-year term. This agreement presently covers the business relationship between them, according to court papers.

Nervous Tattoo and Audigier have “refused to comply” with “repeated requests” for samples of packaging, labeling, advertising and products bearing the licensed IP, Hardy said in his complaint.

Beginning in 2007, Nervous Tattoo and Audigier began designing and distributing products with a tagline “Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier,” that Hardy says he never approved. They are also using unauthorized copies of Hardy’s designs, and have created unauthorized derivative works, according to court papers.

Hardy also claimed the defendants transferred ownership of his domain name “Donedhardy.com” to themselves without his consent, and created five additional domain names containing his name.

He asked the court to find that Audigier and Nervous Tattoo infringed his copyrights, are knowingly using counterfeit trademarks, and have misappropriated his domain name. He seeks an order barring additional infringement, seizure and destruction of infringing material and money damages. He asked for additional financial compensation to punish the defendants for their conduct, and for attorney fees.

John J. Dabney, Elliot Silverman and Rita M. Weeks Siamas of Chicago’s McDermott Will & Emery represent Hardy.

The case is Hardy Life LLC, v. Nervous Tattoo Inc., 2:08-cv- 03524-PA-CT, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).

Ed Hardy + Christian Audigier + Von Dutch

Ed Hardy + Christian Audigier + Von Dutch Ed Hardy files lawsuit against Christian Audigier! As most of you will know Christian Audigier is no stranger to lawsuits and is still in the process of of fighting Von Dutch who are reputedly suing him for fraud. Anyway, the latest lawsuit from Ed Hardy claims he is in breach of his contract with Ed Hardy by contracting work to sublecensees in which he holds an interest, underreporting sales and failing to pay Hardy royalties, withholding several Ed Hardy copyright certificates and failing to submit artwork to Ed Hardy for approval. Christian Audigier has got himself in the middle of an Ed Hardy + Von Dutch sandwich and it looks like someone is going to have him for dinner. Maybe it’s time for a quick get away…