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Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Samara Brothers, Inc.
United States Supreme Court
529 U.S. 205 (2000)
Samara Brothers, Inc. (Samara) (plaintiff) designed and sold children’s clothes. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Wal-Mart) (defendant) contracted with a supplier to design a line of clothing based on copies of Samara's designs, with only minor changes. Wal-Mart then sold the copied clothing in its stores. Samara sued Wal-Mart, asserting claims including trade-dress infringement. A jury in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York found in favor of Samara and awarded damages. The district court denied Wal-Mart's motion for judgment as a matter of law, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Scalia, J.)
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