The Fundamental Legal Principles Underlying the U.S. Fashion Industry

(233 Ratings)

Produced on: November 02, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

This course, presented by Debevoise & Plimpton attorney Megan Bannigan, will provide an overview of the legal issues that are typically faced in the United States fashion industry.

Topics to be covered include available protections for fashion design, apparel, accessories, and textiles including copyright, trade dress, trademarks, patents, licensing, and other considerations that impact the industry. The program will also look at recent cases in the fashion industry.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify and comprehend the fundamental principles of fashion law, including design protections and threats, strategies for litigation, and business considerations
  2. Analyze and resolve legal issues relating to fashion law, including an understanding of where to look to find a solution  
  3. Explore the realities and practicalities that must be considered when practicing law in the fashion industry


Megan Bannigan

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Megan K. Bannigan is a member of the Litigation and Intellectual Property & Media Groups, specializing in trademarks, copyrights, false advertising, rights of publicity and licensing and other contractual disputes. She represents clients across a range of industries, including consumer products, cosmetics, entertainment, fashion and luxury goods, financial services, food and beverage, pharmaceuticals, professional sports and technology. Ms. Bannigan has extensive trial experience, helping to secure an over $20 million jury verdict for client Learning Annex in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, among other matters. She also has experience representing clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission.

Ms. Bannigan is also an adjunct professor of Fashion Law at Rutgers School of Law. She previously was a Clinical Visiting Lecturer at Law at Yale Law School, leading the team of students that helped secure the landmark decision in Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, where the Court declared that several features of Connecticut’s system of education, including the formula for distributing funding to school districts, were unconstitutional.

Ms. Bannigan is active in intellectual property-related professional organizations, including the International Trademark Association, for which she spearheaded the development of INTA’s Pro Bono clearinghouse, and the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association, where she is a member of several subcommittees and working groups. She frequently writes and speaks on IP issues.

Ms. Bannigan has a strong commitment to public service. She has a large pro bono practice and is active in an array of not-for-profit organizations, including for the Cancer Research Institute and Advocates for Children of New York. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Bannigan worked in the Office of the New Jersey Governor.

Ms. Bannigan joined the firm in 2007. From 2008 to 2009, she clerked for the Honorable Mary Little Cooper of the United States District Court for District of New Jersey.

Ms. Bannigan received her J.D. with high honors from Rutgers University in 2007, where she served as Production Editor of the Rutgers Law Review. She received a B.A. with honors from Rutgers College in 2002. Ms. Bannigan is a member of the Bars of New York and New Jersey and is admitted to practice before the Southern District of New York and District of New Jersey.


Danielle G.

This was an extremely interesting program.

Houman D.

Excellent Speaker!

Bettye C.

Excellent presentation and very informative as to fashion/fashion law. Highly recommend the course.

Robert B.

One of the best presentations of these issues I have seen!

francisco javier m.

one of the best courses to date

Eldonie M.

Very helpful

Steve S.


Susan M.

Very interesting. Great examples. Written materials excellent.

Nnena A.

Very interesting.

Stacy F.

Very interesting. I would enjoy additional CLEs on the fashion and beauty (skincare, haircare, cosmetics) industries.

Gregg M.

Good overview

Dane R.

Good talk.

Brian L.

solid presentation

David M.

Excellent presentation.

Gerard F.

Excellent presentation

Frances K.

Excellent overview of issues.

Carrie B.

One of the best and most interesting courses yet. It had a lot of topics that touch the fashion industry and all of this was helpful.

Barbara C.

I really enjoyed the presentation!! It was a great primer.

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