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Hamptons Collection Files Suit Against Coach

The Hamptons Collection has filed a lawsuit against Coach Inc., alleging that the handbag giant's use of the word Hamptons on its bags and accessories infringes on THC's own trademark.

New York — The Hamptons Collection has filed a lawsuit against Coach Inc., alleging that the handbag giant’s use of the word Hamptons on its bags and accessories infringes on THC’s own trademark.

The lawsuit, filed last month in a federal district court in Manhattan, included allegations of trademark infringement and unfair competition. East Hampton, N.Y.-based THC sells handbags and apparel under its trademark, The Hamptons Collection.

THC said in the court document that it was concerned consumers would be confused as to the source of the products sold by each firm. In addition, the lawsuit referenced a proceeding before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office between the parties in which Coach allegedly “admitted that there was a likelihood of confusion in the consuming public as to the source of goods between products sold” under Coach’s Hamptons mark and THC’s mark, The Hampton’s Collection.

“We’re not infringing on anyone’s rights and we believe their suit is completely without merit. We adopted and have been using the Hamptons mark in good faith since May of 1999,” said Andrea Shaw Resnick, Coach’s vice president for investor relations.

THC is seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions against Coach, as well as monetary damages and an accounting of profits.

This story first appeared in the August 5, 2005 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.