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Coach wins $44m in counterfeiting case

Luxury US accessories brand Coach has won $44m (£28.3m) in a court case against a website selling counterfeit Coach handbags.

The case, against mother-and-daughter duo Linda and Courtney Allen, was filed in a Manhattan federal court and concluded on Thursday last week (July 19).

The presiding judge said the defendants had violated Coach’s trademarks on 11 separate goods for a total of 22 separate infringements.

In addition to awarding the handbag maker a multimillion-dollar pay out, judge Colleen McMahon granted Coach a permanent injunction, shutting down the defendants’ infringing web sites.

Linda Allen had previously been sued by French fashion house Chanel for counterfeiting and infringement in 2007.

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