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Lipsy wins counterfeit court battle

Womenswear brand Lipsy has won a court battle against counterfeiters who were caught selling fake Lipsy goods at a market in southeast England.

Jacqueline and Lionel Benhaim were convicted at a Magistrates Court last week (May 12) of possessing and selling goods bearing the Lipsy logo to the general public. The pair was “substantially” fined and given criminal records.

The Next-owned young fashion chain acted after a tipoff from a member of the public.

The retailer has focused recently on reducing the sale of fake Lipsy product: over the past 18 months it has hired a brand protection agency and concentrated on building up “good relationships with HM Customs and Excise and local trading standards officers, all of whom are involved in a number of similar ongoing investigations”.

In a statement, the company said: “The conviction of Jacqueline and Lionel Benhaim sends a strong message that those who sell fake Lipsy goods will be brought to justice in the criminal courts. Lipsy continues to target offenders.”

The brand joins other high street fashion retailers including Fred Perry and Ugg in clamping down on suspected sales of fake goods. It is estimated that counterfeiting costs the European fashion industry some £5bn every year.

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