Tahiliani vs Tandon

The plagiarism case has been put to rest and the designers are once again on amicable terms, writes Vinod Nair.
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Updated on Feb 03, 2009 05:00 PM IST
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Hindustan Times | ByVinod Nair

It was during the last season that HT City reported the story of designer Tarun Tahiliani filing a suit against fellow designer Renu Tandon for copying his printed design. It was stated that when Tahiliani walked into a Dubai store he found ‘his’ garment hanging in one of the racks with the label of another designer. He then bought the garment as evidence and filed a case of plagiarism against Tandon.

Tandon in turn filed a defamation suit against him stating that she hasn’t copied any design from Tahiliani. That was about four months ago. Both Tandon and Tahiliani now say that the issue has been solved amicably and the cases against each other have been withdrawn.

So was this a case of action in haste? There have been instances where designers have copied designs and cases were filed, proven and won. In this case, Tahiliani taking the matter to court and subsequently going in for a patch up is rather unusual. “While it’s important to go after labels that plagiarise, I do realise that sometimes innocent people like Renu get hurt because of the sly tactics of suppliers who copy and offer them designs as originals,” says Tahiliani.

Tandon, on her part, says that the prints were checked by experts and found that they were not similar to that of Tahiliani’s. “After filing the cases, the experts we consulted said that the prints are not the same and later Tarun was nice enough to approach and say that lets put an end to this matter,” says Tandon. So finally, the disputes have been settled.

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