Earlier this month, Coach filed suit in the Southern
District of California, alleging trademark counterfeiting, trademark
infringement, false designation of origin and false advertising, trademark
dilution, California trademark dilution and common law unfair competition. The defendant, Lafidale Inc., is a Los
Angeles-based corporation selling in handbags and apparel items. According to Coach, in early March of this
year, plaintiff's representatives discovered that defendant was selling
counterfeit Coach merchandise bearing the company's federally registered "C"
mark. Coach is seeking preliminary and
permanent injunctive relief, defendant's profits earned from the sale of the infringing
and counterfeit goods, as well as treble damages and attorneys' fees.
This latest suit comes on the heels of various actions Coach
has filed across the country against alleged counterfeiters and flea market
operators. Just last month, Coach filed
suit against Le Chic Boutique, Inc., an Illinois-based business, for federal
trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement under the Lanham and
Copyright Acts. Additionally, in Coach, Inc. v. City of Chicago, 1:10-cv-03108
(N.D. Ill.) [2010
U.S. Dist. LEXIS 63240 (N.D. Ill. June 25, 2010)], the leather goods
company took a novel approach in an effort to combat counterfeit products, filing
suit against the City of Chicago for operating a flea market where, according
to Coach, knockoff Coach purses and other leather goods were sold.
Please click on the link at the top of the post to view
or download the complaint filed in Coach v. Lafidale Inc. (S.D. Cal.)