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Coast seeks winding-up of Aftershock London

Womenswear brand Aftershock London has been issued with a winding-up petition from Coast as it has not paid damages relating to a copyright dispute.

Coast Fashions filed a claim against AS Online, which trades as Aftershock London, in early 2013 over a copyright infringement of its website design and lookbook.

According to documents seen by Drapers, Aftershock London did not defend against the claim and the Patents County Court ordered it “be restrained from infringing [Coast’s] copyright”.

In January, the High Court ordered Aftershock London to pay damages of £20,390 plus interest. It was also asked to pay Coast costs of around £6,500.  

The womenswear chain has now filed a petition to wind up Aftershock London after it refused to pay. The petition will be heard at Manchester District Registry on July 21.  

Aftershock London responded by saying it will counter-sue Coast Fashions for allegedly infringing its website design. Ecommerce director Brad Bagherian said: “We have existing evidence to prove it is in copyright breach of our website design.

“We are disappointed Coast has infringed on our website design. We have requested on several occasions the disclosure of information related to the design copyright and they have not been willing to co-operate, but rather have put forward a claim.”

Coast declined to comment.

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