We’ve another win to report today in the global fashion law fight against fakes. After almost 5 years of litigation, Versace Group has revealed that they have won a counterfeit lawsuit against Griffith Suisse Luxury Group.
Griffith Suisse had reportedly been selling counterfeit Versace products on eBay out of the Philippines and Australia. According to WWD, a Californian court has now ruled that the group is prevented from using Versace’s trademarks and is indefinitely banned from using eBay as a selling platform. The sale of counterfeit goods is a violation of eBay policies and can result in the indefinite suspension and/or termination of an eBay account.
“Counterfeit goods not only bring to a dilution of the brand, but are connected to organised crime, child labor and harmful working conditions. We are very pleased with the ruling. Versace is a brand that is well known around the world, and the violation of its intellectual property rights is a problem that the company has always been actively fighting. One cannot take pride in being counterfeited,” said Versace chief executive officer Gian Giacomo Ferraris.
Meanwhile, other luxury brands are stepping up their own fights against fakes. Yesterday we reported that Christian Louboutin had filed suit against Alba Footwear relating to the sale of counterfeit Louboutin shoes. Chanel have also filed another major lawsuit against a group of online retailers selling counterfeit goods. The suit, filed in a Miami court against over 200 unnamed defendants, lists over 1000 web domains that are selling counterfeit Chanel products including fakechanel.com and genuinechaneloutletshop.com.
To find out more on counterfeit goods, read our post on why Fakes Are Never In Fashion!