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Mannequin War!

3/23/2008 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Rootstein, a company that makes "artistic mannequins that are sculpted by artists," is taking an Illinois clothing company to court for misusing their mannies -- for the second time!Click here to see the documents!
Last year, Forever 21 purchased some of Rootstein's high-quality mannequins, then made unauthorized copies of them using lower grade material and used them in retail stores in Illinois.

On August 23, 2007, Rootstein and Forever 21 signed a Settlement Agreement to resolve the parties' dispute -- which stated Forever 21 could continue to use th disputed mannequin designs until Jan. 21, 2008, for a fee of $75,000. After that date, Forever 21 was required to destroy all mannequin copies and was not permitted to order any more from Rootstein.

Forever 21 has now allegedly continued to use the mannequins despite the settlement -- and Rootstein is fed up! Rootstein is now suing Forever 21 over a breach of contract and copyright infringement.

A call to Forever 21 seeking comment was not immediately returned.
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HA!    

Oh well, no one cares really, is this what you call "News" ? Pathetic.

2301 days ago
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Kelli    

Cheap mannequins? SUE! What a disgrace!

2301 days ago
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powerhouse    

I agree with #1, who cares???? This isn't news. There must be something better for TMZ to come up with.

2301 days ago
4.

Kelli    

I mean this is just downright injustice. I am supporting Forever 21 all the way!

Why is this on TMZ?

2301 days ago
5.

*****Guy******    

...and this is the best TMZ could do after a Saturday night?

2301 days ago
6.

Chicago Girl    

Someone needs to use spell check. This article is filled with typos. Blah.

2301 days ago
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ihateshopping    

cheap knockoff mannequins for a cheap store = a thousand new sweatshops in los angeles and asia...what a shock
(in a sarcastic sense)

2301 days ago
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ihateshopping    

first it was cheap designer knockoffs, now its cheap designer kncok off mannequins?? this monstrosity just keeps growing and growing! oh man in the time it just took me to write this sentence,i think forever 21 just opened up a thousand new sweatshops in asia and los angeles. with all the lawsuits they encountered, shouldnt they have already learned their lesson??? cheap ass owners.

2301 days ago
9.

MH    

Again, I have to ask: what does this have to do with "Entertainment News, Celebrity Gossip and Hollywood Rumors"? Wait, don't tell me, the mannequins are celebrities.

2301 days ago
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Eva LaRue    

At least the mannequins are more interesting (and probably more talented) than Heidi and Spencer

2301 days ago
11.

Standards are badly needed.    

Just wait until the knock-off blow-up mannequins come out...and then 'Manniequins Gone Wild", "Manniequins Do Dallas",
"Dancing with the Manniquinns",,,but then Joe Francis would find himself in court, AGAIN...

2301 days ago
12.

Angel    

Oh my virginal eyes! It would be such a travesty to see plastic boobies. TMZ, you make me laugh!

2301 days ago
13.

T    

Come on TMZ....this is pathetic "news". You guys can't be that desperate for stories that you have to actually post something like this.

2301 days ago
14.

amy    

why dont they just use regular cheap mannequins? $75,000 is worth more than all their clothes combined in the store :p Seriously when I shop, i'm not gonna look at the mannequin and go ohhh how nice i'll buy more clothes! -.-

2301 days ago
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The mannequin Pimp    

It is IMPORTANT if thats how you make a living.Mannequins have feelings too.Check out our Blog--Tales of a mannequin Pimp

2300 days ago
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