WASHINGTON — The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a final determination of violation of U.S. trade law and a general exclusion order blocking the importation, sale and distribution of thousands of counterfeit Louis Vuitton products, orchestrated by an elaborate enterprise of U.S. and Chinese companies.
The ITC’s final notice moves an unfair trade complaint alleging widespread counterfeiting and knockoffs, filed in 2010 by Louis Vuitton Malletier SA and Louis Vuitton U.S. Manufacturing Inc., against the large-scale enterprise, collectively known as the “Diophy” group of companies, one step closer to the finish line. It must still be approved by the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.
The ITC also set a bond of 100 percent of the value of the imported products during the period of review. With this favorable determination, Louis Vuitton has paved the way for other brands to use a new avenue — filing an unfair trade complaint with the ITC — within the U.S. government to protect their trademarks against counterfeiters.