Louis Vuitton Files Complaint With ITC To Fight Fakes
December 9, 2010 § Leave a comment
Louis Vuitton Malletier SA and Louis Vuitton U.S. Manufacturing Inc. filed a complaint on December 3rd to the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington to begin an investigation of five companies, both in the U.S. and abroad, for allegedly importing and selling counterfeits and knockoff Louis Vuitton products. This includes everything from handbags to luggage and packaging.
According to Bloomberg.com, one of the companies named in the complaint is a Chinese couple from California. They set up a series of shell companies in China and the U.S. to make and sell knockoffs.
If the International Trade Commission finds these allegations accurate, it could prevent the counterfeit goods from entering the U.S. or a cease and desist order against all of the companies Louis Vuitton named in their case from importing into the United States.
As a brand, Louis Vuitton has been fighting counterfeiting for over a century. Georges Vuitton, son of Louis Vuitton, created the signature Monogram Canvas in 1896 in order to fight counterfeits. It was registered as a trademark in the early 1900s and in 1908 the first counterfeiter was prosecuted and sentenced in France. Louis Vuitton now works closely with law enforcement to stop the imitation of their products. On average, the brand aids 29 anti-counterfeiting raids, 91 new legal proceedings and closes three websites associated with counterfeit products per day.
The best way to support Louis Vuitton and avoid counterfeits is to buy directly from their authorized retailers. There are only three places you can buy an official Louis Vuitton product and they are from the Louis Vuitton retail stores or online at www.louisvuitton.com. With respect to vintage and second-hand boutiques, our best advice is to do your homework before you buy.