The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled in favor of Louis Vuitton in a counterfeiting lawsuit after 15 months of investigation. The French house filed a suit against several companies for allegedly importing and selling designs with the iconic Toile Monogram marks.
According to WWD, the case is centered around an elaborate enterprise allegedly run by Jianyong Zheng and Alice Bei Wang. The pair owned and managed several companies, including T&T Handbag Industrial Co. Ltd. and Sanjiu Leather Co. Ltd. in Guangzhou, China, Meada Corp. and Pacpro Inc. in El Monte, California, and Trendy Creations in Chatsworth, California. Two other companies, The Inspired Bagger in Dallas, Texas and House of Bags in Los Angeles, allegedly bought fake Louis Vuitton bags from Zheng and Wang and are also involved in the suit.
Louis Vuitton’s global intellectual property director Valerie Sonnier said that the ruling is significant in protecting the brand:
“As the first luxury goods company to seek redress at the ITC, we are pleased with the significant remedy that has been recommended. The chief administrative law judge recognizes the importance of protecting intellectual property and took the welcome step of ensuring that its orders include all merchandise that infringes on our Toile Monogram Marks, and not just products of the respondents in this case.”
Although the ITC has ruled in their favor, Vuitton is “seeking a permanent exclusion order against the importation of the infringing products, as well as a cease-and-desist order against the companies.” That decision is yet to be made.