A legal row has erupted after high street multiple Next claimed that supermarket giant Tesco copied multiple clothing designs by the retailer.
In legal papers seen by The Sunday Telegraph,Next claimed that Tesco illegally copied up to five separate clothing lines, including shorts, trousers, sandals and shoes, and lifted two design motifs created by Next.
Tesco is reportedly counter-claiming, alleging that on four occasions late last year and early this year, Next sent it “unjustified” threatening letters.
The dispute centres on the design and sale of Tesco’s Cherokee shoes, which Next claimed is based on its own Trekker sandals. It also claimed that Tesco copied its Strike Babes trainers, crocodile shorts, a hooded cardigan, combat jeans and the two clothing motifs based on a tractor and a car.
The writ does not detail the level of damages Next is seeking.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “As a significant owner of intellectual property ourselves we take any claim of infringement extremely seriously, however, as this is an on-going legal matter we are unable to comment further.”
Next declined to comment.