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Copying claims settled between Next and Scamp & Dude

A settlement has been reached with high street retailer Next and fashion brand Scamp & Dude over claims that the retailer copied the smaller firm’s designs.

In a statement Next revealed it “will pay the profits from the design in question to Scamp & Dude, who will use the money for charitable purposes, including donation to two charities: Solving Kids Cancer and George and the Giant Pledge.”

Jo Tutchener-Sharp, founder of Scamp & Dude, accused Next of “blatant infringement” of an animal print top featuring the Scamp & Dude signature lightening bolt.

In a post on Instagram Tutchener-Sharp said: “When a company makes £635m a year net profit, surely they have the resources to create their own designs and not take from independent businesses.”

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Next will also be donating “all of the remaining clothing of this design to a charity for distribution to children in need overseas”.

Scamp & Dude, which creates clothes for kids and “grownups”, was started by Tutchener-Sharp after she suffered a brain haemorrhage and had to leave her children to undergo brain surgery.

This inspired Tutchener-Sharp to create a brand that “helps children feel more secure when apart from their loved ones”.

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