Norfolk artist sues Target over cellphone cases

Photo from lawsuit shows example of unauthorized copy of "Lemon and Honey" sold by Target.

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk artist is suing Target Corporation and a China-based supply company over an apparent copyright infringement concerning two cellphone cases.

The artist, Kelsie McNair, who creates custom cellphone covers that are decorated with flowers, is claiming that unauthorized copies of two of her designs “Lemon and Honey” and “Morning Dew” were sold by Target through the store’s Merona brand.

McNair claims that she discovered the cellphone cases at a Target store in Everett, Washington, and then later found them in Target stores in Spotsylvania, Virginia Beach and on Target.com.

According to the lawsuit filed by McNair and her legal counsel on Oct. 22, McNair registered and filed for copyright protection for both products in her name earlier this year. McNair sells her products online as well as through brick and mortar retail outlets.

Citing the Copyright Act of 1976, the lawsuit is seeking an injunction against Target to stop the sale of the mobile phone cases as well as $300,000 in damages.

Kelsie’s attorney, Duncan Byers, told WAVY.com, “It’s my job to help her protect and regain control of her creative works, and this case will do just that.”

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