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Next reaches settlement with Scamp & Dude label over design copying dispute

The FTSE 100 clothing retailer said the profits from any sales of the contested designs would be paid to Scamp & Dude, who in turn would donate the proceeds to charity
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The dispute arose in September when the label founder, Jo Tutchener-Sharp, accused Next of “blatant infringement” on a children’s animal top

Next PLC (LON:NXT) has reached a settlement with fashion brand Scamp & Dude over claims it copied some of the firm’s designs.

The FTSE 100 clothing retailer said the profits from any sales of the contested designs would be paid to Scamp & Dude, who in turn would donate the proceeds to charity.

READ: Next shares slip as sales at retail stores fall further in third quarter

The firm added that the remaining clothing bearing the design would be donated to a charity for the distribution of children’s clothing overseas.

The dispute arose in September when the label founder, Jo Tutchener-Sharp, accused Next of “blatant infringement” on a children’s animal top.

"When a company makes £635m a year net profit, surely they have the resources to create their own designs and not take from independent businesses like Scamp & Dude," she wrote in an Instagram post at the time.

"This has to stop. Where has the integrity gone in the fashion industry?" she added.

In late-afternoon trading Friday, Next shares were down 1.5% at 5,398p.

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