As of 2016, Collezione Europa furniture is no longer available, as the company went out of business on June 18, 2010. One of the main reasons for the company's closure was a lawsuit brought against it by Universal Furniture for copyright infringement.Continue Reading
Universal Furniture claimed that Collezione Europa willfully infringed on its design copyrights for Universal's Grand Inheritance and English Manor dining and bedroom furniture sets. This led Collezione Europa to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy liquidation in 2008 soon before an expected award of damages to Universal in the case.
Universal Furniture continued to pursue damages through the bankruptcy filing, and in February 2009, a federal judge at the U.S. Middle District of North Carolina awarded Universal $11.2 million in damages. The amount on the award was based on the approximate total revenue that Collezione Europa made from all of its furniture that infringed on Universal's copyright. The court was forced to estimate the damage amount due to Collezione Europa's unreliable and inconsistent methods for calculating costs.
Prior to bankruptcy, Collezione Europa was a wholesale furniture, founded in 1984 and based in Englewood, New Jersey. The company operated showrooms in Las Vegas and High Point, North Carolina, and also sold its furniture through a variety of small independent stores and retail furniture chains.Learn more about Furniture