A group of luxury goods manufacturers including Gucci and Yves St. Laurent have filed suit against Alibaba, alleging that the Chinese ecommerce giant facilitates the sale of millions of dollars in counterfeit goods.
According to the 147 page suite, embedded below, Alibaba offers thousands of fake products including shoes, bags, jackets and other items of clothing.
The Alibaba Defendants are well aware that:
(1)Counterfeit Products are being sold through the Alibaba Marketplaces;
(2) their takedown procedures are untimely and ineffective;
(3) more effective procedures would lead to the Alibaba
Defendants’ marketplaces being less attractive to the sellers and buyers of Counterfeit Products, hurting the Alibaba Defendants’ bottom line.
The luxury manufacturers are seeking an injunction, and punitive damages.