NEW YORK — Calvin Klein, Guess and Levi Strauss & Co. said Monday they combined efforts to seize 16,097 pairs of counterfeit jeans in Guatemala.
The catch, part of a joint investigation throughout Latin America started in May, included 8,487 Levi’s jeans, 4,547 Guess jeans and 3,063 Calvin Klein jeans found in factories and distribution centers.
A Levi’s spokesman said civil and criminal actions are pending in Guatemalan courts against the leaders of the counterfeit ring, and warrants have been issued for their arrest. He called it “one of the most significant seizures Levi Strauss has had in Latin America.”
Jorge Arciniega, a partner at the Los Angeles law firm Graham & James, which coordinated efforts among the three companies, said, “Countries like Guatemala are ideal for joint actions because you find that one of two ‘kingpin’ traffickers control the counterfeiting in the whole country for several brands.”
Tim Oswald, Guess’ general counsel for licensing, said Guess has worked with several branded companies in the past to share costs and create a bigger front to combat counterfeiting in foreign countries.