NEW YORK — New York city Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. announced the creation of a Counterfeiting Task Force here. The task force will include professionals with anti-counterfeiting expertise from the clothing, music, legal and law enforcement industries. The purpose is to explore how the city can fight sales of illegal counterfeit goods and recover some of the revenues it loses each year. The group expects to hold its first meeting in November. Thompson estimated the city loses more than $1 billion in tax revenues every year through its $23 billion illegal counterfeiting industry.

A Manhattan federal judge granted Seven For All Mankind LLC a permanent injunction and final judgment on consent in a suit filed against Samarie Inc. Samarie is restrained from manufacturing, distributing or selling products that have unauthorized copies of the Seven For All Mankind trademark on them. The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice. No monetary costs were assigned to either party in the case. The original complaint had five counts including allegations of federal trademark infringement and counterfeiting, federal unfair competition and false designation of origin, federal dilution and other state level claims. Samarie declined to comment.

Louis Vuitton Malletier filed a trademark and patent suit against Sasha Handbags Inc., Errol B. Devli and John Does for allegedly “copying, misappropriating the goodwill and riding the coattails” of the trade dress and design patents of its Suhali Le Fabuleux and Theda handbags. The complaint lists 16 counts including trade dress infringement, patent infringement, unfair competition and trademark infringement. Some of the allegations pertain to the handbags, others specifically to the Serrure S-Lock clasp on the bags in question, according to the court document. Louis Vuitton requested preliminary and permanent injunctions against Sasha Handbags against using the trade dresses and trademark in question. The luxe firm also asked for unspecified monetary damages, including pre-judgment interest. Sasha Handbags could not be reached for comment.

Meanwhile, a stipulation and order signed by Manhattan Federal Court Judge Gerald E. Lynch dismissed a claim and counterclaim involving Louis Vuitton Malletier and Conscious Corp., in accordance with a settlement agreement reached in July 2005. The deal stipulated Louis Vuitton’s claims against Conscious Corp. and Conscious Corp.’s counterclaims against Louis Vuitton would be dismissed with prejudice. The settlement required the court to retain jurisdiction over future dealings between the two firms. The original complaint, filed in June 2004, alleged Conscious infringed on Louis Vuitton’s Toile Monogram and Toile Monogram Multicolore product lines.

This story first appeared in the October 10, 2005 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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