Superdry is said to be suing Jack Wills and a former employee over copyright and an alleged breach of contract.
The Sunday Times reported this weekend that Superdry has alleged that Jack Wills copied the design of a black padded coat.
The newspaper also said it is suing former head of international business development Greg Roberts, who was appointed to the newly created role of wholesale director in September last year as part of plans to scale up Jack Wills’ wholesale strategy.
A judge at the High Court rejected Superdry’s request that the case be expedited last week, and ordered it to pay Jack Wills £30,000 in costs. Superdry has two weeks to submit its full case to the court.
A Jack Wills spokesman said: “Jack Wills is pleased with the judgment which was found in our favour and awarded us costs. We look forward to Superdry taking up our previous invitation to view the Jack Wills outerwear range, which we are very proud of and we know our customers love. We have our own strong and unique heritage which defines Jack Wills as a premium British brand and we have many exciting projects which we look forward to launching.”