By  on April 15, 2009

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s newly formed Intellectual Property Court has ordered a former employee of Hermès Taiwan to pay the French luxury goods house $7.5 million for the alleged sale of four fake Birkin bags, according to Hermès’ legal team, Winkler Partners.

The defendant in the case, Joyce Lee, worked for Hermès from 1998 and 2000, and later began flying to Paris to purchase bags for her own customers. Later, Lee allegedly passed off fake bags as real ones to her customers. Lee “used her previous position to gain credibility with her customers” and sold the counterfeit items “for even higher prices than genuine bags,” according to a source at Winkler.

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