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Chanel Inc. filed a lawsuit against L&S Fine Sterling Inc., Sid Kreppel and Lonnie Kreppel in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for allegedly selling counterfeit products and merchandise that infringes on Chanel’s intellectual property. According to court documents filed on Nov. 8, Chanel alleged the defendants sold jewelry, necklaces and earrings bearing trademarks that were exact copies of its trademarks. The defendants could not be reached for comment by press time. Chanel asked for an injunction, damages and trial costs.

In San Francisco federal court, Chanel also filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Seoung Hyun Kim, who does business as Swisswatchfactory.com, Neoline Group, Thealamedaway@aol.com, Neoline Inc., Swisswatchcraft.com and Ohmywatch.com. The complaint was filed Nov. 6. Chanel alleged trademark counterfeiting and infringement. The luxury company asked the court for an injunction, damages and trial costs. Defendants could not be reached for comment.


Nike Inc. filed a lawsuit in federal court in San Francisco against Imad Fawzi Ghaith, who does business as The Twilight Zone, for allegedly selling counterfeit Nike branded shoes in retail stores throughout the Oakland area. According to court documents Nike asked the court for a permanent injunction, damages and trial costs.


The Gap Inc. and Gap (Apparel) LLC filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against G.A.P. Adventures Inc. According to legal documents filed Oct. 29 in Manhattan federal court, Gap alleged that G.A.P. Adventures used its name on a retail store and the advertising and sale of travel-related services and products infringed on Gap’s registered trademarks. Gap asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction, damages and trial costs. Toronto-based G.A.P. Adventures has operated as a travel company under its name for 17 years, according to the company’s chief executive officer Bruce Poon Tip. “Our intention is to defend the case and we are quite sure we have a good case,” he said. The two companies have been in contact regarding this manner for the last year, Poon Tip said.


Young Pharmaceuticals filed a lawsuit against N.V. Perricone LLC, East End Laboratories Inc., Altaire Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sorenco Laboratories Inc. on Oct. 25 in Connecticut federal court. The complaint included allegations of false designation of origin, misappropriation of trade secrets and unfair trade practices. According to legal documents, the case developed out of problems regarding a skin care product sold under the N.V. Perricone M.D. Cosmeceuticals trademark that Young Pharmaceuticals alleged it developed for Perricone. Young Pharmaceuticals asked the court for a permanent injunction, damages and attorneys’ fees. The defendants either could not be reached or did not return calls for comment by press time.


G-Star International B.V. said in a statement that it won a copyright infringement lawsuit against Esprit Europe. The lawsuit was filed in district court in the Hague. G-Star alleged that Esprit Europe copied at least four items from its fall 2007 collection. According to the statement, the court ruled that Esprit immediately stop selling the items in the European Union. Esprit Europe could not be reached for comment by press time.