Kristin Cavallari is being accused of stealing designs created by a jewelry maker whose pieces have been worn by Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Rachel Beth Katz is suing Kristin and her jewelry company Uncommon James for trademark and copyright infringement.
The suit reads, “[Katz] designed and offered for sale two distinctive jewelry pieces, which are her “Diamond Dagger Ring” and her “Diamond Dagger Cuff.” Those pieces use her “Dagger Style” of jewelry design, which constitute the Designs protected by [Katz’s] registered trademarks and copyrights.”
Celebrities that have worn the Diamond Dagger Ring include Taylor Swift, Charlize Theron, Kate Hudson, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Emma Stone, and Heidi Klum. The stars who rocked the Diamond Dagger Cuff include Scarlett Johansson and Amber Heard
Katz says Cavallari is a “reality television personality who uses her celebrity image” to market and sell her lines of merchandise including jewelry.
The suit claims Cavallari’s pieces are “so poorly made, that they have earned an unenviable overall “Two-Star” ranking on Yelp.com from its customers complaining of the unacceptable quality of their jewelry and customer service provided at their Los Angeles location."
Katz claims she visit an Uncommon James store in Chicago on January 24, 2021. She claims to have immediately noticed pieces sold at the store were “identical or substantially similar to [Katz’] protected and registered Designs.”
The designer claims Cavallari is selling a bracelet called the “Paradise Bracelet” which is substantially similar to her Diamond Dagger Cuff.
In addition, she claims Cavallari is selling a ring called the “Sunset Ring” which she claims is similar to her Diamond Dagger Ring.
The suit says Katz fired off a letter to Cavallari at her Nashville address in March 2021. The letter expressed concern that Uncommon James items seemed to resemble her designs too closely. She provided her contact information and asked to be contacted.
Katz claims Cavallari ignored the letter and continued selling the pieces. She is suing for unspecified damages plus a cut of profits Cavallari made off the alleged counterfeit pieces.