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Chanel cleared of counterfeit claims

A French court has thrown out accusations against Chanel of stealing a design from a knitwear supplier.

The founder of knitwear supplier World Tricot, Carmen Colle, was seeking €2.5m (£2.2m) from Chanel for alleged counterfeiting after she spotted a Chanel vest in a shop window with a crochet design she claims is hers.

The Paris Commercial Tribunal ruled that Chanel had not stolen the design but ordered the fashion house to pay €4000 (£3612) damages to the firm for illegally breaking a contract.

Chanel had filed a counter suit against World Tricot, accusing them of “trashing the brand” with customers, according to the Agence France-Presse.

The court ordered World Tricot to pay a symbolic €1(90p) and €100,000 (£90,311) in damages to Chanel. World Tricot founder Colle described the ruling as a “first victory for manufacturers” after the court granted damages and said she would appeal the decision.

Chanel’s lawyer Gerard Delile said: “I don’t know if this is a victory for us, but it’s a defeat for World Tricot.”

President of Chanel’s fashion division Bruno Pavlovsky added: “We are very satisfied with this decision. It recognises Chanel’s role in creation and distinguishes it from the manufacturer’s technical know-how.”

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