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Urban Outfitters Still Battling the Navajo Nation Over 'Navajo' Panties


Urban Outfitters has been in a legal battle with the Navajo Nation since 2012, when the tribe sued the clothing retailer for selling items labeled and marketed as “Navajo.” Urban Outfitters was accused by the Navajo Nation of trademark infringement due to items such as panties and liquor flasks being falsely sold under the Navajo description. At the time, the tribe had described the underwear as “derogatory and scandalous.”

The tribe also accused the retail chain of being in violation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, which was passed by Congress in 1990 to help ensure that products are not misrepresented as produced by Native Americans. According to Buzzfeed, a judge ruled last week that the Navajo Nation can pursue the lawsuit under the act and that they had “sufficient evidence to raise jury questions on the issues of consumer confusion and deception.”


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