This Week in Fashion Law

November 16, 2016
fashion law

We have had some crazy and surprising fashion law headlines this week so I wanted to take a minute to talk about two of them with y’all.

First, and definitely most disturbing, Zara got sued this week…but the reason why is probably not what you would think.  In fact, if I gave you 5 guesses, I still don’t think you’d get it.  Warning: very disgusting.  Brace yourselves for what you’re about to read.

A woman found A RAT sewn into her dress.  Yes, you heard that right.  She sued Zara in New York state court for negligence (which basically means carelessness) and is seeking damages.  She alleges that she bought the dress in Greenwich, Connecticut in July and wore it for the first time in August.  She noticed a “pungent odor” following her around and felt something brush her leg.  When she reached down to inspect the dress, she found a big bulge in the hem and that’s where she saw the rat.

EW!!  Ew, ew, ew.  I am cringing at the thought of this.  And I’m also wondering how this woman put on a pungent smelling dress to wear to work.

Will she prevail on her negligence claim?

Well, I can’t tell ya that.  But, generally to prove negligence you have to prove: (1) the defendant (Zara) owed a duty to the plaintiff (consumer);  (2) the defendant breached that duty; and (3) the breached caused the plaintiff damages (3 is really 3 and 4 – causation AND damages, but we’ll save that lesson for 1L year of law school).

Second big news to share with y’all, Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy.  But don’t freak out.  This doesn’t mean it’s closing tomorrow, or any time soon.  Nasty Gal filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which is a restructuring.  That means that Nasty Gal wants to keep the business alive and pay their creditors over time.  You can read more about the business-side of the bankruptcy at the links below.  And if you wanna help Nasty Gal out, I picked out some of my current favorites that you can shop below.  Xo, AL


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Sources for more reading about Zara’s rat dress: CNN and The Fashion Law

Sources for more Nasty Gal: The Fashion Law


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  • Mckenna Bleu November 16, 2016 at 11:31 am

    I can not believe there was a rat in her dress.. ew! Definitely would not have guessed that!

  • Ashley November 16, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I heard about the Zara things AND FREAKED OUT. So GROSS. Also I’m glad that Nasty Girl isn’t going to be closing, restructuring is better!

  • Seersucker Sass November 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Those nasty gal office supplies picks are AMAZING! I am cracking up and also wanting to switch all of my lucite office supplies over to a marble.

    XO, SS || Seersucker Sass

  • Rachel Ritlop November 16, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    I had no idea about the Zara thing! that’s insane!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Alix Maza November 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    A RAT?! OMG! I heard about Nasty Gal, I’m glad they’re not closing,

    Alix |

  • Bella November 16, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I love the nasty gal and I actually never heard of the zara thing lool

  • Maegan Clark November 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I was actually surprised that Nasty Gal filed for Chapter 11 after all of her book success and it seemed like they had just raised a bunch of capital a few years ago. Guess you never know.

  • Britney November 18, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Yuck! I’m so grossed out with the rat story! Love these pretty images to balance out the ick! 😉 Those plaques are pretty funny.

  • Rachel Timmerman November 18, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Obsessed with that marble pencil cup!!!

  • Elana L. Gross November 21, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Oh I really want one of those desk plates!

  • Amanda November 29, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Both of these stories was so surprising! I can’t say I inspect every piece of clothing I buy, but I might have to start to make sure there aren’t any extra “friends” in them!

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