Navajo fashion lawsuit to stay in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE A federal judge has rejected a bid by Urban Outfitters Inc. to move a trademark infringement case against the clothing retailer and its subsidiaries out of New Mexico.

The Navajo Nation sued Urban Outfitters last year, alleging it violated trademarks on the Navajo name. The tribe is seeking monetary compensation and an order permanently enjoining Urban Outfitters from using the name Navajo or variations of it.

Defense attorneys had argued that the eastern district of Pennsylvania where the companys headquarters are located should handle the case because it would be more convenient for witnesses and has taken up more intellectual-property matters.

The U.S. District Court in Albuquerque agreed that the case would move along quicker in Pennsylvania. But it said that a change of venue merely would shift inconvenience to the Navajo Nation.