Designer sues Barnes & Noble over backpack profits
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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