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eBay fined for selling fakes

Posted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:21 am
by digidog
Here's some news that TradeMe should be paying close attention to.
French Court Orders eBay To Pay Up Again
For Selling Faux LV Products

AllHeadlineNews - 21 September 2009
Paris, France (CNS) - eBay has been fined once again for selling fake
Louis Vuitton products. The online auction site was ordered by a French
court on Friday to pay 80,000 euros [$117,000] to the luxury fashion
house for allowing patrons to sell fake items on their website.

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton alleged that eBay failed to adequately
guard keywords and links on its site, leading shoppers to counterfeit

A Paris court agreed. It ordered eBay to pay around $117,000 as
compensation and said it would have to pay another 1,000 euros [$1,500]
for any subsequent infringement.

This is not the first time the online vending site was ordered to pay up. In
June 2008, a Paris court ordered eBay to pay almost 40 million euros
[around $60 million] in damages for selling faux LV products.

The court ruled in favor of six LVMH brands, barring eBay from selling
four perfumes, Christian Dior, Kenzo, Givenchy and Guerlain, on its

Original story...
This follows an earlier French court decision in July that cost eBay a
stunning €38.6m euros in damages, again to LV. ... itechcrime

A quick check shows a number of fake LV items being sold on TM,
including a large selection from that well known purveyor of fakes,
boiboi_nz. TradeMe just don't take fakes seriously, do they.

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 9:45 pm
by digidog
This could be titled, "eBay defends consumers' right to be conned into
buying fakes.
EBay hit with $3.5m perfume fine
NZ Herald - 2 December 2009
PARIS - Online auction site eBay was fined €1.7 million ($3.5 million) by a
Paris court yesterday for failing to stop the sale of famous perfume
brands like Christian Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy and Kenzo - all of which
are owned by luxury group LVMH.

The decision follows a ruling last year against eBay for not respecting the
system championed by brand owners such as LVMH and Richemont, the
Swiss maker of Cartier watches, which is called selective distribution.

The brand owners argue that luxury goods are valuable when they are
exclusive and available in selected outlets - and not in an online

EBay, meanwhile, has been calling for a change in European antitrust
rules that allow luxury manufacturers to choose who can sell their
branded goods online.

Paris-based LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton hailed the decision by the
Paris commercial court, which it said "constitutes an important step in the
fight against unlawful practices".

But Alex von Schirmeister, head of eBay in France, said the decision
"hurts consumers" and that the company hopes the verdict is overturned
on appeal.

"The injunction is an abuse of 'selective distribution'," he said. ... d=10612815

Posted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 10:36 pm
by Kitcat_nz
Anyone else want to slap the french eBay guy upside the head?

If I recall from my Marketing days, it is the manufacturer's perogative to choose the method of distribution it wants to use. If they wanted to mass produce, they would let eBay distribute.

These brands have their niche in the exclusive market - tough titties eBay.