Indian company to pay $3.2m to Ralph Lauren


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LAWSUIT: Texile guru Shri Sanjay Lalbhai (left) is the Managing Director of the company fined Arvind Ltd in India

LAWSUIT: Texile guru Shri Sanjay Lalbhai (left) is the Managing Director of the company fined Arvind Ltd in India

Textiles firm Arvind Ltd in Bengaluru, India has said its subsidiary Arvind Lifestyle Brands Ltd will pay $3.2 million to Ralph Lauren Corporation USA to settle a lawsuit filed by it in a US court in 2013.

Ralph Lauren filed a case in a US District Court against ALBL and US Polo Association, USA (USPA) alleging breach of agreement due to non-compliance in respect of disclaimers to be printed on USPA products sold in India.

ALBL has licence to manufacture and market USPA branded products in India.

"The parties got into good faith discussions and agreed to enter into an amicable settlement without admission of liability of any party," Arvind Ltd said in a BSE filing.

"Under the terms of the settlement, ALBL and USPA have agreed to pay jointly settlement amount to RLC. As per the settlement Agreement, ALBL shall pay $3,200,000 in full settlement and satisfaction of the dispute between the parties," it said.

Ralph Lauren had first issued a notice for arbitration to be held in India against ALBL and USPA and the company was successful in obtaining a temporary injunction against the commencement of the arbitration from the jurisdictional court in India.

However, Ralph Lauren went ahead and filed a lawsuit in the US Court.

Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited owns and operates apparel retail stores in India.

The company owns value retail chain Megamart and a slew of international and local brands, such as Gant, Arrow, US Polo, Elle and Flying Machine and was formerly known as Pinnacle Risk Advisory Services Limited. It changed its name to Arvind Lifestyle Brands Limited in September 2008.

 

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