ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Navajo Nation’s case against Urban Outfitters is
on hold while the parties work toward a settlement.
U.S. District Judge Lorenzo Garcia in New Mexico has thrown out all deadlines
for discovery and responses to motions while settlement discussions take place.
The two sides are to agree on a mediator by July 29 and then let the court know
within 10 days of a settlement conference whether they are successful.
Garcia said he’ll issue a scheduling order if an agreement isn’t reached.
The tribe sued Urban Outfitters last year, alleging it violated trademarks on
the Navajo name.
Urban Outfitters said “Navajo” is a generic term for a style or design and
has asserted counter claims. It is seeking a declaration of non-infringement and
cancellation of the tribe’s federal trademark registrations.