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Summer Classics/Gabriella White resolves lawsuit against Costco

PELHAM, Ala. — A year-long lawsuit between Gabriella White, a family of furniture and décor brands that includes Summer Classics, Gabby and Wendy Jane, and Costco has been resolved, effective April 10.

The lawsuit for design patent infringement and trade dress infringement against Costco, a multinational membership-only retail outlet, enforces Gabriella White’s patent and intellectual property rights in response to Costco’s sale of low-cost, replica outdoor seating collections. The lawsuit, filed on April 24, 2023, in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Texas in the Waco Division, was settle amicably with Costco, and the membership retailer agreed to cease sale of the disputed product and provide a payment of an undisclosed amount to Gabriella White.

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“Summer Classics and Gabriella White are dedicated to providing unique furniture and design for life’s best moments,” said Bew White, founder and executive chairman for Gabriella White. “We are happy to see the U.S. court system has aided us in enforcing our patent and trade dress, and we remain committed to designing and releasing furniture that our customers know and love. We will continue to seek and engage the design community to establish these rights and ensure these protections are respected and valued in the future.”

Summer Classics was established in 1978 by White. With a legacy spanning over 35 years, Gabriella White manufactures luxury furniture and accessories.

Furniture Today reached out to Costco, which had no comment.

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