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Knockoff News 69

A weekly (or thereabouts) collection of news about counterfeits, fakes, knockoffs, replicas, imitations, and the culture of copying in general around the globe:

And finally, a recent Radar online guide to counterfeits offers this dubious homage to the Lacoste alligator:

While the unfortunate reptile struck me as strangely familiar, it hasn't previously appeared on Counterfeit Chic.  After some reflection, I realized that this particular dead 'gator is actually a ghost from my childhood -- the subject of a case brought in 1982, to be exact, and settled a couple of years later.  Apparently Mad Dog, the onetime parodist of preppiedom who drew the ire of first Izod Lacoste and then Ralph Lauren, is still around.  And either I have better recall than I suspected or I've been studying the legal implications of imitation fashion for far too long -- or both.  Thanks to my Fordham law student James Creedon for an unexpected trip down memory lane.