Merit, Sterling Settle Infringement Suit

Merit, Sterling Jewelers, and Uni-Creation have settled a lawsuit over a pendant that Merit claimed infringed on its Sirena collection.

The consent judgment, entered March 13 in U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida, enjoins Sterling or Uni-Creation from further selling the piece in question. The piece, which was manufactured and wholesaled by Uni-Creation, sold at Sterling’s Jared chain. 

In a press release, Merit said that Uni-Creation also agreed to pay Merit approximately $40,000 to cover Merit’s attorney’s fees, as well as profits earned in connection with sales of the accused jewelry pendants.

“While Uni-Creation paid the settlement amount to Merit, it’s important to note that the litigation was amicably resolved and the agreement was entered into without any admission of liability or wrongdoing in an effort to avoid further litigation,” said David Bouffard, vice president of corporate affairs for Signet.

Merit Diamond filed the lawsuit in March. Uni-Creation could not be reached for comment.

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