Chanel Inc. filed a trademark counterfeiting and infringement lawsuit against Janet Stevens and Tara Stevens for allegedly selling counterfeit handbags through more than a dozen Web sites and online aliases. The lawsuit was filed in a federal court in Southern Florida on Dec. 20. Chanel asked the court for a preliminary and permanent injunction, damages and trial costs. The defendants could not be reached for comment.
Separately, Chanel also filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Teng Da Trading Inc. and Xiang Yuan Fan, also known as Shawn Fan, in a Manhattan federal court. According to legal documents filed on Dec. 7, Chanel alleged Fan sold handbags and wallets that infringed on its interlocking CC monogram trademark. Chanel asked the court for a permanent injunction, damages and trial costs. Fan could not be reached for comment.
True Religion Apparel Inc. and Guru Denim filed a lawsuit against True Apparel Co. for allegedly infringing on its trademarks and trade names. The lawsuit was filed in a Massachusetts federal court on Dec. 18. True Religion and Guru asked the court for preliminary and permanent injunctions, damages and trial costs. According to the complaint, True Apparel sold custom jeans through a Web site under brand names that infringed on its "True Religion" and "True Religion Brand" trademarks. True Apparel sells jeans and apparel under the "True Apparel" and "True Jeans" trademarks.