On Sept. 1, jewelry manufacturer JewelPops sued Royal Chain for allegedly copying more than 100 copyrighted Kameleon collection designs with its Karisma line, as well as adopting a similar logo, marketing materials, and accessories.
The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, seeks damages, plus a court-issued restraining order against Royal Chain to prevent the company from selling its new line.
A statement from Royal Chain says its line was designed in-house without copying any Kameleon design features.
“There are no real specifics supporting their claim, which makes this a frivolous complaint,” says Max Moskowitz of Ostrolenk Faber, the legal firm representing Royal Chain.
On Sept. 30, JewelPops launched a similar suit against another big name, Helzberg Diamonds, over the 234-store chain’s Pop Expressions line, which JewelPops called “confusingly similar” to Kameleon.
The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court, District of Maine, seeks an injunction against the Helzberg line. Helzberg declined comment, citing pending litigation.