COACH WINS LANDMARK DECISION IN COUNTERFEIT CASE AGAINST CUSTOMS BROKERAGE FIRM

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The case Coach Inc. et al v. Celco Customs Services Co. and Shen Huei Feng Wang, filed in Los Angeles, was the first time a customs brokerage company was charged for importing counterfeit Coach goods into the U.S.  As a result, Coach Inc. won an US$ 8 million jury award, reports WWD.

Customs brokerage firms are usually hired by importers to handle the paperwork required for the importation of goods. In this case, Coach was able to determine that the defendants created and filed fraudulent customs entry documents to allow the counterfeit product to be shipped to the U.S.

According to WWD, the case is the most recent victory in Coach’s anticounterfeiting litigation campaign “Operation Turnlock.” So far the accessories firm has filed over 650 lawsuits and has received millions in judgments and settlements. Coach began the initiative in May 2009.




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