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Burberry files lawsuit against TK Maxx parent

Burberry has filed a trademark lawsuit against TK Maxx parent company TJX Companies, accusing the US retailer of selling counterfeit goods at its US fascias.

The British luxury brand cited eight instances over the last four years in which its representatives found counterfeit or infringing items in its stores.

The lawsuit was filed on March 3 in the US District Court in Manhattan, according to WWD.

One of the claims relates to counterfeit polo shirts found in TJX Companies’ Marshalls stores in 2008, which TJX Companies said it would remove. However, Burberry claims that TJX Companies continued to sell infringing items, including luggage, scarves and jackets at Marshalls, TJ Maxx and HomeGoods stores.

“TJX has continued to import, distribute, supply, promote and/or sell large quantities of counterfeit goods bearing one or more of the Burberry marks in conscious disregard of Burberry’s intellectual property rights and the counterfeit nature of the products in an effort to target their customer base and profit at Burberry’s expense,” according to the lawsuit.

Burberry is seeking an injunction, the destruction of any unauthorized goods, a court order forcing TJX Companies to run corrective advertisements, legal fees and unspecified damages.

TJX Companies senior vice president of investor and public relations Sherry Lang said that the company takes the matter “very seriously”.
“At TJX, integrity lies at the root of how we conduct our business and we are proud of our excellent vendor relationships,” said Lang. The company does not comment on pending legal action.

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