The designer who once worked in the fashion industry is being sued for $3.3 million over the use of a designer’s likeness in a popular Boho interior decorating project.
A jury in the Southern District of Florida has awarded designer James Mathers a $3,934,853 judgment, which will pay for his lawyers to defend him in the lawsuit.
The suit was filed against Mather, whose company, Mather & Sons, has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Esquire, GQ, Glamour, Vogue, and People.
The lawsuit accuses Mather of using the designer’s image without permission in “sleeping beauty”-inspired home décor.
The suit accuses Maims of copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and false advertising.
In the suit, Maimes is seeking $3 million in punitive damages and attorneys’ fees, along with an injunction prohibiting him from using Mather’s image in any fashion for at least three years.
The company was named as a defendant in an earlier case in 2015, but that lawsuit was dismissed.
In the latest case, however, the jury found Mather in violation of copyright law and the designer was found liable for copyright infringement.
The case has caused a stir in the interior design world, as interior designers have long accused designers of copying their designs.
Some designers have even filed lawsuits claiming they were duped.
Mathers’ lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In 2014, Malthus won a $1.5 million settlement for the alleged misuse of a Mather image.
Malthuses lawyers said in the settlement agreement that Mather used the designer as a “model” for a “design” he was creating for a Boho boutique.
Malthus also faced lawsuits from a couple of other designers in 2013, alleging that he used a design from their collection without permission.
A lawsuit filed in Florida in 2012 by a couple called A.J. & Jones and J.P. Morgan also alleged that Malthys designs were used without permission, and that the designers had been duped by the designer.