Fashion 21 v. Garment Worker Center

2002

Fashion 21 v. Garment Worker Center: During the workers’ rights litigation against Forever 21, the owners of Forever 21 file a lawsuit for defamation and libel against their 19 former workers, advocacy groups and the staff of these organizations. The company alleges defamation for pickets and leaflets that called on Forever 21 to take responsibility for sweatshop conditions in which their clothes are made. APALC initially represents the workers in this case, but after the workers are dropped, APALC joins co-counsel for the organizations. The case results in two published California Court of Appeal decisions affirming the right of individuals and nonprofit groups to protest corporate practices and to be free from retaliatory litigation. This case is dismissed as part of the global settlement of Castro v. Forever 21, Inc. 

Area of Work: 
Impact Litigation