Monday, May 13, 2013
Luxury goods manufacturer Coach has sued a Wichita business, its owner and an employee for allegedly selling phony goods bearing its brand name.
The lawsuit filed Friday against The Fabulous Store is the latest legal headache for store owner Glenda Morgan.
It comes on the heels of a three-count indictment filed last month against the store and Morgan charging they sold counterfeit goods imported from China. The criminal charges accuse her of selling handbags, wallets, sunglasses and jewelry from numerous manufacturers.
Morgan declined comment Monday.
Coach seeks to block the store from selling its fraudulent goods and to destroy any remaining inventory. It also seeks damages of more than $2 million for each counterfeited trademark.
The civil lawsuit alleges copyright and trademark infringement, unfair competition, unjust enrichment and trademark dilution.
Friday, May 10, 2013
A federal judge has set a trial date for a Kansas store owner accused of selling phony luxury goods imported from China.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren on Thursday scheduled the trial of 54-year-old Glenda Sue Morgan for July 2 in federal court in Wichita.
A three-count indictment handed down last month charges Morgan and her Wichita shop, The Fabulous Store LLC, with conspiracy and trafficking in counterfeit goods.
Prosecutors allege Morgan sold handbags, wallets, sunglasses and jewelry bearing trademark designs and brand names but not made by those companies. The luxury-name goods included Prada, Coach and Chanel, among others.
Prosecutors say a search warrant executed last month turned up about 400 counterfeit items that, if authentic, would have been valued at $130,000.