PARIS — Hermès International scored a court victory Wednesday against eBay for selling counterfeit luxury goods.
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Quoting a judgment from France’s Tribunal de Grande Instance in Troyes, Hermès said eBay, plus the individual seller, had “committed acts of counterfeit” and “prejudice” against it by failing to monitor the authenticity of goods being sold on its Web site.
In a verdict billed as a first in France, it is understood eBay was ordered to pay 20,000 euros, or $31,058 at current exchange, in damages, though Hermès declined to confirm the amount.
The vendor, referred to as Madame C. F., eBay France and eBay International are the entities named in the case.
In a statement, Hermès said the win marks “an important step in the fight against counterfeiting.”
EBay said it takes counterfeiting seriously and since the Hermès case was brought has put new procedures in place to fight it by more closely scrutinizing sellers.
Europe’s luxury players are becoming increasingly vigilant in the fight against fakes.
As reported, Christian Dior was awarded 150,000 euros, or around $230,000, in damages last April when it won a case against the French budget jewelry chain Camille & Lucie for peddling a style resembling the floral Diorette ring.
Since the introduction of new laws in October, a legal framework exists in France against copyright and trademark infringements.