North Face, South Butt near settlement - KMOV.com

North Face, South Butt near settlement

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The North Face Apparel Corp. and the South Butt have reached tentative agreement to settle their lawsuit.

At issue is whether the sale and marketing of South Butt's line of fleeces, T-shirts and shorts amounts to parody or piracy.

The agreement was reached Friday, but as of Tuesday, the settlement had not been finalized. Lawyers for both sides declined comment.

The South Butt was started two year ago by teenager Jimmy Winkelmann of suburban St. Louis, now a 19-year-old college student.

The North Face suit sought unspecified damages and asked the court to prohibit The South Butt from making, marketing and selling its products.

The South Butt's Web site continues to list a variety of goods for sale. The company's motto: "Never stop relaxing."

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On the Net:

http://www.thesouthbutt.com.

http://www.thenorthface.com.

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