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Wednesday 17 September 2014

The Punt - A study 
in Pink for Victoria's Secret line

Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30

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Victoria's Secret 'Pink' clothing line
Victoria's Secret 'Pink' clothing line

What would you deduce if you were told that The Punt has a weakness for clothes bearing the Pink label?

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Your answer probably says a lot about your age, gender and geographic location.

Younger readers and many women probably associate Pink with lingerie and T shirts while older readers and men probably associate it with a brand of well-made shirts that was originally set up by a group of enterprising Irish businessmen in London.

What to do to avoid confusion? Take a legal action of course.

Yesterday, a judge in London ruled that Victoria's Secret's 'Pink' clothing line could confuse customers in the market for a shirt with its "sexy, mass-market appeal". Judge Colin Birss added for good measure that customers "are likely to enter one of the claimant's shops looking for lingerie and be surprised and disappointed when they find they have made a mistake".

The Punt is relieved, and not for the first time, that he avoided studying law and a career which involved studying Victoria's Secret products at €400 an hour.

Hail to the beloved chief

How much do you love your boss? Most workers probably have very little to do with their chief executive, save for top management. But the employees of one supermarket chain in the US are very attached.

A protest by thousands of workers at one of New England's largest grocery chains has left store shelves empty and customers scarce as employees demand the return of their beloved chief.

The turmoil is the latest twist in a decades-old feud among members of the Demoulas family, whose Demoulas Super Markets controls 71 stores across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.

In June, amid a long-running family dispute, Arthur S Demoulas, whose side of the family controls 50.5pc of shares, fired his cousin, president and chief executive Arthur T Demoulas, whose side controls 49.5pc, and replaced him with two co-CEOs.

Many of the 25,000 employees rose up in support of "Artie T", who they say is committed to high wages and generous benefits for them and low prices for customers.

Employees past and present recount times when he covered the extraordinary medical bills of someone's sick family member, or kept paying an employee who was too ill to work.

A groundswell of popular support has followed, with rallies attended by thousands.

Take tips chiefs.

Coleman and Lavelle split

Dublin law firm Lavelle Coleman has become Dublin law  firms Lavelle and Coleman.

The former Lavelle Coleman has formally changed its name to Lavelle Solicitors, and will be led by managing partner Michael Lavelle.

"The rebranding is being undertaken as a major repositioning of the firm and is an exciting opportunity to refine our strategic vision and renew our commitment to partnering with clients to add value to their organisations for decades to come," he said.

The firm employs around 50 staff.

His fellow founding partner at Lavelle Coleman 27 years ago, David Coleman, meanwhile has gone out on his own to establish Coleman Legal Partners.

The split has been in the works for some time, indeed the two founding partners have been involved in a legal dispute with each other, separate to the business of the firm. The firm has carved out a significant practice, in particular in the area of litigation, and counts State agencies including the Department of Finance and NAMA among its lengthy client list.

Irish Independent

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