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Coach, Inc. v. Fashion Paradise, LLC
United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7429 (2012)
Coach, Inc. (Coach) (plaintiff), a manufacturer and distributor of luxury fashion accessories, sold its products in United States retail stores and on websites. Coach owned the various registered trademarks used for its products, including the “Coach Op Art,” the “Signature C,” and the “Coach” trademarks. A private investigator informed Coach that Fashion Paradise, LLC (Fashion) (defendant), a competing company that sold similar fashion accessories at a retail store, and its registered owner Naman Rafi (defendant) had sold counterfeit handbags, wallets, scarves, belts, and shoes bearing the Coach registered trademarks. In particular, the private investigator informed Coach that Fashion and Rafi had deliberately sold a counterfeit belt bearing an unmistakable Coach logo at the retail store. Coach filed suit against Fashion and Rafi, claiming trademark counterfeiting in violation of the Lanham Act with regard to the Coach logo and the “Coach Op Art,” the “Signature C,” and the “Coach” trademarks. Coach argued that Fashion and Rafi deliberately and unnecessarily duplicated Coach’s logo and trademarks to benefit from the goodwill Coach had nurtured with consumers through a positive reputation. Fashion and Rafi failed to respond to an amended complaint from Coach after proper service of the complaint. Coach moved the court to enter a default judgment against Fashion and Rafi on the trademark-counterfeiting claim.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Simandle, C.J.)
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