Judge Dismisses Louis Vuitton's "Not Plausible" 'Hangover II' Lawsuit
Jun 19, 2012 - by Lester Brathwaite
Louis Vuitton's altruistic efforts to have all copies of The Hangover Part II destroyed have been thwarted by a New York federal court.
The luxury brand filed a suit back in December against Warner Bros. Entertainment for the use of fake Vuitton luggage during a scene in which Alan, played by Zach Galifianakis, warns Careful, that is a Louis Vuitton.
Vuitton claimed that the studio had knowingly used counterfeit bags by noted knock-off manufacturer Diophy and thus sought profits from the film -- which shockingly grossed $580 million worldwide -- and triple damages as well as destruction of all copies of The Hangover Part II and all promotional materials that include the fake bags.
Judge Andrew Carter, realizing how ridiculous this all was, called Vuitton's allegations not plausible or particularly compelling -- which could be said for the movie itself -- and threw out the case. He added that the bag is on-screen for a mere few seconds and is not the main focus of the scene.
Clearly not realizing how ridiculous this all was, Louis Vuitton said in a statement, We are deeply disappointed in the courts decision. We remain committed to protecting our brand, and will remain vigilant in our efforts to prevent inappropriate and misleading use of our trademark for the benefit of our customers.
Sounds like someone's in need of a sense of humor...though they probably still wouldn't find The Hangover Part II funny. [WWD, sub req'd]