Legally Yours. Coach Sues Chicago for Counterfeiting

May 26, 2010 • Fashion



Eek! Our whole city has been sued! WWD has reported that Coach Inc. brought a trademark lawsuit against our beloved city of Chicago last
alleging that vendors at a city-controlled street market have
sold counterfeit goods. According to the May
19 complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, investigators for the high end accessories
brand found several booths at the New Maxwell Street Market selling
fakes last summer.
After city authorities pursued criminal cases
against two of the vendors, Coach said it sent the city a cease and
desist letter in December asking it to halt further sales of
counterfeits at the market. According to the suit, the city never
and Coach said its investigators found fake goods for sale
at the street market as recently as March.
A city spokeswoman said Friday the city had not yet seen the suit and could not comment on the allegations.


Though one would think Coach couldn't hold its own against the entire city of Chicago, it seems intellectual
property owners regularly serve suits on the owners of flea markets and
swap meets thought to be hosting counterfeit dealers under the premise
of contributory infringement
. That's all just legal jargon for the fact that market owners
who should have reasonably known such activity was taking place can be
found responsible for it. The prosperous handbag
company is seeking $2 million per mark infringed, legal fees and other,
unspecified damages.
We love Coach in Chicago! Let's just hope this doesn't go any further.

Article Source: WWD
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-Alia Rajput

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