CANAL STREET INJUNCTION: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton won a permanent injunction on consent against a group of Canal Street landlords in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court earlier this month. The injunction was agreed to by the landlords of seven properties located at 277-289 Canal, 323 Canal, 357 Canal, 359 Canal, 361 Canal, 375 Canal and 415 Broadway. The named defendants could not be reached for comment. Under the terms of the injunction, the landlords of the named locations are required to post signs inside and outside the properties stating that the retailer is not an authorized Louis Vuitton retailer; provide access to and pay the cost of a court-appointed monitor to conduct searches of the premises; add a provision to leases signed on their properties that bans the sale of counterfeit merchandise, and move immediately to evict any tenant who is found to be selling counterfeit Louis Vuitton goods. The lawsuit was part of LVMH's ongoing focus on the landlords of properties where the overt sale of counterfeit goods take place, according to the company. "We've made real progress by strengthening our arsenal of anticounterfeiting weapons to include the landlord program," said Nathalie Moulle Berteaux, director of the intellectual property department for the fashion and leather goods division of LVMH in a statement. The program has been expanded globally to focus on counterfeiting outside the U.S. as well.

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