And now, there's another surprising twist -- WWD reports that DVF has settled the case out of court!
Jennifer Halchuk and Richard Lyle of Mercy of Canada accused the designer of copying a floral print jacket of theirs for her Spring 2009 collection. In addition to offering a public apology, von Furstenberg will pay an undisclosed sum of money and stop using the design. Mercy never actually filed a lawsuit.
According to WWD, von Furstenberg said, "While this is an isolated incident for DVF, it is unfortunate that way too many others intentionally build businesses by stealing the work of other designers."
Halchuk also had something to say in the matter: "I greatly appreciate DVF coming forward to resolve this issue in such a forthright manner and for acknowledging our ownership of the jacket design."