PARIS — Goyard has lost its appeal in a Paris court case pitting it against competitor Fauré Le Page and has been ordered to pay higher damages, Fauré Le Page said on Friday.
The historical French trunk-maker had appealed a decision by the Paris Commerce Court in 2015 ordering the company to pay damages totaling 120,000 euros to leather-goods maker Fauré Le Page.
The Paris Court of Appeal last month upheld the ruling and increased the fine to 340,000 euros, Fauré Le Page said. A lawyer from BMH Avocats, which represents Goyard, said it was considering appealing that decision.
Goyard has been accused of restrictive competitive practices vis-à-vis its competitor at the Hankyu Hanshin department store in Osaka, where the brand has allegedly exercised its power to have Fauré Le Page be moved from being near Goyard in Hankyu’s imported luxury department to a less favorable location.
Meanwhile, in a separate legal decision also dating back to 2015, a judge in Paris’ Superior Court rejected Goyard’s claims that Fauré Le Page practiced unfair competition and trademark infringement and ordered the company to pay Fauré Le Page 20,000 euro. That case centered on the two firms’ logo canvas.
Goyard, which dates back to 1792, appealed that decision, but the Paris appeals court upheld the ruling and fined the company a further 30,000 euros. Goyard has partially appealed that ruling. The two heritage brands have been disputing the case since October 2012.
Fauré Le Page, a former firearms manufacturer of the French royals, was established in 1717, although its activities as a contemporary fashion brand date back to 2009. The company today produces hunting-inspired luxury leather goods.