Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (AHN) – High-end fashion brands Louis Vuitton and Burberry filed lawsuits against three Canadian firms for selling fake fashion items carrying their trademarks, but actually were made in China.
Louis Vuitton and Burberry lawyer Michael Manson sought $2 million damages against Vancouver-based Singga Enterprises and Carnation Fashion Company, and Toronto-based Altech Productions.
Manson said the three firms imported from China the fake goods since 2008 and sold them at stores in Vancouver and Toronto, and online.
The counterfeit wares include handbags, sunglasses, watches, bracelets, earrings, other jewelry and accessories.
During the summary trial in a Vancouver Federal Court on Tuesday, only a Chinese woman named Guo, one of the several accused, showed up. Gordon Chan of Altech, a Canadian citizen, is currently detained bu authorities in China. His three Altech co-defendants – Monica Mac, Rebecca Mac and Pablo Liang – went to China to work for Chan’s release.
Defendants Lisa Lam and Kenny Koo also failed to appear, but the court was informed that Ko has injuries and was unable to attend.
Lisa Lam, in an effort to evade court seizure of her assets, sold her house for $1 to her husband. Manson, however, initiated a court action to have Lam’s house held forfeit for damages.
Guo admitted the goods sold were fake, but asked for the court’s leniency, claiming she was unaware of Canadian laws.