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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

A former New York fashion student is claiming in a federal lawsuit that she designed a backpack for Barnes & Noble and hasn't made any money off the top-selling bag.

Diana Rubio was a student at Manhattan's Fashion Institute of Technology when she designed the “everything backpack” in 2010 for a Barnes & Noble “Back to Campus” contest.

Rubio's bag won the contest and sells for $39.95. The Barnes & Noble website identifies Rubio as the designer.

But Rubio says in a lawsuit filed on Monday in Manhattan federal court that she never received any money from FIT or Barnes & Noble for her design.

Representatives for the bookstore chain and the school did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

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