Coach filed suit against Ritz Studio, an Illinois-based corporation, for
copyright infringement, trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting, trademark
dilution, trade dress infringement, false designation of origin and false
advertising, in addition to common law and Illinois state law claims. This action comes just weeks after Coach
filed suit for trademark and copyright infringement against another Illinois
company, Le Chic.
According to Coach, defendant Ritz Studio designed, produced,
advertised and sold various counterfeit products bearing the famed and
trademarked Coach logos, including other indicia and design elements.
The leather goods giant is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions
against Ritz Studio, barring them from "manufacturing, importing, advertising, marketing,
promoting, supplying, distributing, offering for sale,
or selling any products which bear the Coach Trademarks, the Coach Trade Dresses, and/or the Coach Design
Elements." Additionally, Coach has asked
for the recall and destruction of all infringing products. Coach is also seeking to recover statutory
damages of $2 million per counterfeit mark, profits realized from the sale of
the counterfeit items, actual and punitive damages under federal and state law
and attorneys costs and fees.