Kristin Cavallari Is Being Sued For Allegedly Copying the Designs of a Celebrity Jeweler & Selling “Knockoff” Versions At Her Uncommon James Stores

“I guess these designs aren’t so Uncommon after all… “

Kristin Cavallari and her company Uncommon James are being sued for trademark and copyright infringement by jewelry designer Rachel Katz, who claims the former Very Cavallari star ripped off two of her designs. 

According to court documents obtained by Radar Online, the lawsuit is regarding two “distinctive jewelry pieces” designed and sold by Rachel– a Diamond Dagger Ring and Diamond Dagger Cuff– both featuring her “Dagger Style” design and protected by her registered trademark and copyrights.

Celebrities including Taylor Swift and Heidi Klum have worn Rachel’s Diamond Dagger Ring, while Scarlett Johansson and Amber Heard have rocked the Diamond Dagger Cuff. In the lawsuit, Rachel makes it clear that her jewelry is worn by a bunch of celebrities and TV personalities to events, in magazines, on red carpets, etc. One celebrity who is specifically mentioned in the lawsuit as being a fan of Rachel’s designs is Kristin’s former ‘Laguna Beach’ pal, Lauren Conrad.

“I see what you did there, Rachel…and I don’t like it.”

In the lawsuit, Kristin is accused of selling a “Paradise Bracelet” and “Sunset Ring”– neither of which are currently offered on the Uncommon James website– which bear a striking resemblance to two of Rachel’s designs. 

The Uncommon James pieces are pictured on the left and the pieces designed by Rachel Katz are on the right…

In fact, Rachel claims to have sent Kristin a letter in March 2021 after visiting the Uncommon James store in Chicago in January 2021 and noticing the pieces herself. The letter allegedly expressed Rachel’s concern about the nearly-identical pieces being sold at Uncommon James and requested that Kristin contact her. Instead of doing so, Kristin allegedly ignored the letter and continued selling the pieces. 

“Can we blame Jay for this in any way?”

Legal analyst and attorney Emily D. Baker went over the court paperwork in a livestream on her YouTube channel earlier this week, breaking down the legal jargon for her listeners.

In the paperwork, Rachel accuses K-Cav and her company of “knowingly and intentionally” producing “unauthorized ‘knock off’ imitation goods,” despite Rachel having the trademark for those designs. 

Kristin standing inside her Chicago Uncommon James store, where Rachel claims she saw the alleged ‘knockoffs’ of her designs…

According to Rachel, Kristin is a “reality television personality who uses her celebrity image” to sell her merchandise, and in the lawsuit, Rachel claims Kristin’s “poorly made” pieces have earned Uncommon James a two-star ranking on due to unhappy customers. 

“Here’s why this matters… someone using a knock-off and that knock-off being of poor quality can reduce the value of the trademark [of Rachel’s design] because they two get confused,” Emily explained. 

She pointed out that Rachel is also suing for “Dilution by Tarnishment,” so she’s essentially saying that Kristin selling alleged knock-offs of her trademark designs is reducing the value of the trademark.

“Defendants’ actions…are likely to injure the business reputation of Plaintiff and her Designs,” the paperwork states.

The paperwork also states that, at the time of the filing, Kristin is still selling the two items in question on her Uncommon James website. Emily pointed out that both pieces are selling for $42 on Kristin’s site, while Rachel sells her trademark designs for $1000+.

Rachel is suing Kristin for unspecified damages, court costs, as well as a cut of the profits Kristin made off the pieces. 

You can watch Emily D. Baker break down the legal paperwork starting around the 1:27 mark of the video below!

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(Photos: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images; E!; Instagram; Uncommon James; Rachel Katz Jewelry)

4 Responses

  1. Uncommon James is also a front for the adult film industry and a criminal racket. Kristin is a bad person. I hope Rachel gets nine million dollars from that copying piece of shit and her criminal racket, Uncommon James. Kristin Cavalarri sucks and is a weak piece of shit. You can’t copy designs that have been trademarked. She should collect royalties from that criminal Kristin as well.

  2. Do you all remember when we found out that The Hills and Laguna Beach was all fake?!

    Then we hear that Kristen was shagging both Craig AND Austin from Southern Charm.

    Now copying jewelry designs and ignoring pleas from original designer.

    She sits on a throne of lies!

    But, since hers cost $42, and the designer sells hers for $1000, I think it is safe to say that the dummies who bought Kristens will wake up with green fingers from the shit materials. Typical reality star crap.

    I hope she at least threw in a box of that Boom Boom Poop tea!!

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