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Coach has just won a historic $257 million judgement against cybersquatters selling knock-off Coach wares. Unfortunately, the company won’t be able to collect the cash because it’s impossible to physically track down the individuals running the sites and make them pay. However, the silver lining here is that Coach now has control over more than 573 domain names that were used to sell fakes.
There was (is?) a big fuss over Ralph Lauren making the U.S. Olympic team‘s gear in China, but at least he didn’t do anything illegal when he outsourced labor overseas. What the Egyptian Olympic committee is doing, however, is very illegal: they’re dressing their athletes in counterfeit Nike gear.
France is doing its part to combat counterfeit goods with a new ad campaign.
Prada CEO (and husband to Miuccia) Patrizio Bertelli appeared on Bloomberg Television yesterday and spoke about the company’s plans to open 260 stores by 2014, pricing differences between goods sold in China and Europe, and most interestingly, his thoughts on counterfeit fashion.
Just when you thought the saga of counterfeit Uggs couldn’t get any uglier, it did. This week, US Customs officials shut down a complex plan between two criminal networks that had planned to sell some $325 million worth of counterfeit Uggs and other fake fashion items in the United States.
This is, no joke, the third separate lawsuit we here at Styleite have covered today. As luck would have it, the good people at Louis Vuitton are none too pleased with the representation of their bags in the recently released The Hangover II, largely because it claims the bags referred to as being genuine Vuitton products in the movie are fake.
This is as good a reason not to buy counterfeit goods as we’ve ever seen. Some makers of fake Ugg boots are inhumanely skinning raccoon dogs for the fur needed to create an authentic looking shoe.
Designer knockoffs just ain’t what they used to be. In fact, they’re much, much better than the old fakes — and they’re being sold online at high prices.
Yesterday, Customs and Border Protection and the US Postal Service answered a question we here at Styleite have been asking for a long time now: Will people counterfeit anything? Yes, yes they will.
Call the Obama Administration what you want, but it just scored a huge win for the fashion industry. Yesterday, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security shut down 82 websites that had been selling counterfeit apparel and accessories while claiming they were the real mccoy.
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.
When it comes to counterfeit goods, we’ve heard of brands suing stores, brands suing Google, and, heck, even brands suing other brands, but we’ve never heard of brands suing an entire city. But according to a recent complaint, that’s exactly what Coach has decided to do.
Everyone knows that the counterfeit goods industry is not a good one. Fake products are produced illegally, in factories with substandard work conditions and no industry group to police them. Goods are often smuggled in via the same crime syndicates that traffic drugs, and the bags themselves are products of stolen copyrights. But what most people don’t know is that purchasing these goods will actually make you a worse person.