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Dov Charney Files Two Lawsuits Accusing American Apparel and Hedge Fund for Defamation

By Deborah Belgum | May 13, 2015

In more legal shots fired in the ongoing battle over control of American Apparel, the dismissed clothing company’s founder has filed two lawsuits in less than one week accusing American Apparel and hedge fund investor Standard General of defaming his character in false accusations and letters.

Investigators Raise Tally to $140 Million in Fashion District Cartel Money-Laundering Scheme


After 1,000 federal and state agents fanned out across the Los Angeles Fashion District last fall to crack down on a long-running money-laundering scheme benefiting two drug cartels in Mexico.

Cherokee Inks Sears Canada Deal for Liz Lange and Cherokee Brands

Cherokee Global Brands has struck a pair of licensing agreements with Sears Canada for its Liz Lange Maternity and Sportswear and Cherokee brands.

Authentic Brands Group Acquires Jones New York

Authentic Brands Group, the New York brand development and licensing company, is the new owner of the Jones New York label, which was acquired for an undisclosed amount from Sycamore Partners.

William Rast’s Danny Guez Launches New Menswear With a Technical Edge

William Rast’s Danny Guez Launches New Menswear With a Technical Edge

After more than a decade of building a reputation playing the jeans and stars game, Guez decided to turn his career’s conventional wisdom upside down.

Lawsuit By Former Finance Director Cites American Apparel for Financial Misdeeds and Discrimination

Lawsuit By Former Finance Director Cites American Apparel for Financial Misdeeds and Discrimination

David Nisenbaum, the fired director of manufacturing accounting analysis and audit at American Apparel, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 20 against his former employer. He maintains he was wrongfully fired because questioned the financial actions of John Luttrell, the chief financial officer of the company at the time Dov Charney was still the president and chief executive.

Frederick’s of Hollywood Has Buyer in Mind With Bankruptcy Filing

With a mountain of debt piling up, Frederick’s of Hollywood filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after closing all its stores.

More Uncertainty over the ‘Made in USA’ Label


A second federal judge’s ruling is making California apparel makers think twice about how they use their “Made in USA” labels.

Two True Religion Apparel Sub-Contractors Arrested for Fraud Scheme

Two sisters who ran separate garment factories working for True Religion were arrested with their accountant on April 15 for allegedly trying to defraud the state workers’ compensation insurance funds.

Sean Jean Signs Licensing Agreement With Evy of California for Childrenswear

Evy of California has signed a design, production and distribution licensing agreement with Sean “Diddy” Combs to produce his Sean John collection for girls and boys.

Kellwood Sells Outdoor Brand American Recreation

Kellwood Holding LLC has sold its American Recreation Products LLC business to Exxel Outdoors LLC for an undisclosed amount.

L.A. Apparel Maker Invests in New York SoHo Hotel


It isn’t exactly Hotel California. Instead, it’s the NoMo SoHo hotel in lower Manhattan, which is under new ownership and a new name.

Garment Factory Manager Indicated for Alleged Bribery of Labor Inspector


A federal grand jury in Los Angeles indicted the general manager of a clothing factory for offering to bribe a labor investigator in exchange for closing down a wage-violation investigation.

Donald Pliner Leaving the Footwear Label He Founded

Donald Pliner is leaving his position as creative director of the Donald J Pliner Company to “pursue new creative endeavors,” according to a statement released by the luxury footwear designer.

American Apparel Hires New Menswear Designer

Weeks after firing creative directors Iris Alonzo and Marsha Brady, American Apparel made a big hire in March by bringing on board Joe Pickman, a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York and the former men’s design director of the Band of Outsiders label.

Sequential Brands Buys Major Stake in Jessica Simpson Brand

Sequential Brands Group announced it is purchasing a majority stake in the Jessica Simpson brand, including the Jessica Simpson Collection master license and other rights. No purchase price was given for the deal that should close in 90 days.