In February, the Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit against Urban Outfitters for alleged trademark infringement and violation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act. At issue was a range of products sold by the retailer labeled “Navajo,” including, for example, a “Navajo Print Fabric Wrapped Flask” and a “Navajo Hipster Panty.” After quite a bit of negative press, Urban Outfitters renamed the products — at least on the company’s website.
The case is pending in U.S. District Court in New Mexico. According to an AP report, Philadelphia-based Urban Outfitters, through its lawyers, is now asking the court to move the case to the eastern district of Pennsylvania. The arguments offered in court for the change of venue are that a Pennsylvania court would be more convenient, more experienced in matters of copyright law, and more expedient.
As a report at Albuquerque’s KRQE.com points out, there are no federally recognized Indian tribes in the state of Pennsylvania.