The suit-loving lawyers at Fendi and parent company LVMH have another hefty payday on the way. According to WWD, Fendi has just settled a lawsuit against the former Filene’s Basement for $2.5 million after claiming the off-market retailer illegally sold counterfeit products. The judgement follows an intensive investigation into an offshore counterfeiting ring that allegedly imported pieces and sold them at places like Burlington Coat Factory, Sam’s Club, and the now defunct Basement. Fendi won a $4.7 million judgement against the Factory last February and has filed suit against the Wal-Mart owned Sam’s Club.
“Our impression is that a great majority [of it] was manufactured in China, shipped to Italy and transshipped to the U.S. with fake invoices using fake business cards,” said Fendi’s CEO, Michael Burke. According to Burke, LVMH spends millions every year to monitor these types of transactions — and with victories like these, it seems a sound investment, right?
For their part, Filene’s Basement defended their stock saying the goods were legitimate — purchased from designer outlets in Italy and shipped to the U.S. for sale. Regardless, thanks to the Sex and the City crew, we’re all pretty familiar with the havoc a fake Fendi can wreak. Guess Filene’s Basement missed that episode.