Kering’s luxury brands have won an early victory in court in their fight against Chinese retailer, Alibaba over the claim that Alibaba sells fake goods on its website.
Back in May, Kering luxury brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga, sued Alibaba in New York, claiming that trademark infringement and the sell of counterfeit goods on the Chinese retailer’s website.
This past week, these brands were granted their request for a temporary restraining order against several Alibaba vendors named in the suit. This is a huge win for these luxury brands because it means that the vendors must immediately cease the sale and distribution of the counterfeit goods on the Alibaba website.
On Friday, Alibaba Group Holding, an online retailer based in China, was sued in Manhattan federal court, by Kering luxury brands, including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. The brands argue that the retailer knowingly allowed counterfeiters to sell their products to consumers.
The Kering brands are alleging trademark infringement and racketeering and are seeking both monetary damages as well as an injunction preventing the future sale of these counterfeit products.
Alibaba Headquarters: By Thomas Lombard via Wikimedia Commons
In their lawsuit, the brands claim that Alibaba conspired with the counterfeiters to manufacture, sell and distribute products that infringe on the plaintiffs’ trademarks that confuse the consumer and lead the consumer to believe that the products are genuine luxury items.
This is the second time that Alibaba has been sued by Kering brands over counterfeit products. The brands filed a lawsuit in July of 2014, but withdrew it with the ability to refile if the two sides couldn’t come to a resolution of their issues. And, it seems they haven’t reached a resolution.
First, it was Marc Jacobs and Oscar De La Renta. Then it was Calvin Klein. Now, Kenneth Cole and Gucci are the latest fashion brands sued by a former intern.
Just like the other lawsuits, the plaintiffs in both cases are claiming that the brands are misclassifying entry-level employees as interns in order to avoid rising labor costs, in violation New York state law. And, just like the other lawsuits, the plaintiffs are being represented by Virginia & Ambinder LLP and Leeds Brown Law PC.
Former Gucci intern, Lindsey Huggins, interned at Gucci’s 5th Avenue flagship in 2008. In her lawsuit, she claims that she worked 40 hours a week and performed tasks including answering phones, assisting customers, maintaining excel sheets on store sales and assisting her manager.
Former Kenneth Cole intern, Oluseyl Shay Awogbile, intern for the American brand in 2008 as well, where he worked 20 to 30 hours a week performing tasks such as assisting in design and sketching, maintaining the sample inventory, and organizing production aspects, as well as running errands and performing administrative tasks.
Bucket bags are having a moment. And, ever since I saw the Stella McCartney Falabella bucket bag in Milan this summer, I cannot get over how chic and cute the style is. Here are some bucket bags that I am current;y obsessing over, especially that light pink Mansur Gavriel. So cute!!
1. Stella McCartney ‘Falabella’ Bucket Bag || 2. ZARA ‘Croc Leather Bucket Bag’ || 3. See by Chloé ‘Vicki’ Bucket Bag || 4. Elizabeth and James ‘Mini Cynnie’ Bucket Bag || 5. Alexander McQueen Studded Bucket Bag || 6. Gucci Diamante Bucket Bag || 7. Loewe ‘Flamenco Knot’ Bucket Bag || 8. Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag || 9. Sophie Hulme Crossbody Bag
Ah, Milano. My second favorite European city, after Paris. To me, Milan is like a second home, because my family and I travel there quite often. Whenever I am people watching in the Galleria, what I love most about the Milanese people is how effortlessly elegant they always seem to be. This uniquely Italian quality was ever present in the Spring/Summer 2015 collections presented last week, whether it was ethereal dresses or sleek suits, there was something rather Italian and effortless about the looks presented.
Also, it is quite apparent that many of the designers and thus people of Milano are feeling a 70’s vibe. Whether it was the city vibe of 70’s Manhattan or the hippie vibe of San Francisco during the summer of love, one thing is certain, many of the collections at Milan Fashion Week were feeling nostalgic for that bygone era of peace, love, and disco. Check out all my favorite collections from Milan Fashion Week below!
Kering subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co., Gucci, Bottega Veneta, and Yves Saint Laurent, have been attempting to freeze the assets of supposed counterfeiters in Chinese banks. And, while two lower courts agreed with the fashion houses, last week, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York remanded these decisions back to the lower court to determine whether U.S. judicial system has the authority to freeze accounts in overseas banks.
Brian Solis via flickr.com
This litigation began when the Kering companies sued several Chinese companies, alleging the sale of counterfeit products. The fashion houses claim that the counterfeiters’ assets in accounts with the Bank of China, China Merchants Bank Co. Ltd. and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd. contain profits derived from selling counterfeit products, and thus the accounts should be frozen.
Benvenuti a Milano!! The city that breeds fashionable Italian women who always seem to know how to dress so effortlessly chic. Can’t wait to see what Milano has in store for us this week!! Here are my favorite looks from day 1!