But does the time fit the crime? BBC reports that investigations began six years ago. Later on in 2004, the designers moved their brand to Luxembourg under the name Gado. The Judge says that the move was to avoid declaring taxes on royalties around 1 billion euros ($1.3 bn). Lastly, D&G sold their business for well below actual market value.
The two men were not at trial, but subsequentially denied the charges and appealed- though no public statements have been given.
Fashion Legallaire's Thoughts: with a fashion institution this big, D&G can afford the attorneys needed for this law suit. Also, tax evasion is a civil crime so no criminal attorneys needed. However, since their attorneys are considered fashion lawyers, this is a very good example of a fashion lawyer putting on multiple hats as counsel and advocating as necessary. Yes, the primary job may be fashion, but when other issues arise, it is up to the fashion lawyer to give the best counsel.