Zut alors! French court rules against eBay in luxury goods suit

Online auction giant must pay up $61 million to the parent company of Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi over counterfeit goods sold on its site.

You'd think the parent company of $1,500 Louis Vuitton handbags would be able to tolerate a few fakes on eBay. Not so.

And a French court agreed on Monday, ordering the online auction giant to pay $61 million (38.6 million euros) to luxury goods powerhouse LVMH, according to Reuters. LVMH, along with other luxury-brand groups like Tiffany & Co. and Hermes, has claimed that eBay isn't strict enough about policing the sale of counterfeit goods on its site.

eBay promptly appealed the court decision, saying that LVMH was simply trying to crack down on competition; eBay makes money off any LVMH goods sold on its site, real or fake, whereas LVMH itself does not.

LVMH has an impressive portfolio containing a whole lot of brands that Kanye West has probably name-dropped in multiple songs, like Louis Vuitton, Acqua di Parma, Thomas Pink, Dior, Givenchy, Moet & Chandon, De Beers, and Marc Jacobs.

Monday's ruling encompassed a number of individual cases brought by LVMH brands like Dior Couture, Guerlain, Givenchy, and Kenzo. The 38.6 million euros awarded fell short of the 50 million euros that the luxury goods house had claimed in damages.

 

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