A new ruling by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) may see counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags becoming a thing of the past.
This week the ITC ruled in Louis Vuitton's favor in an unfair trade case which pitted the fashion house against a "large-scale international counterfeiting and infringing enterprise." The ring profited from bags and other accessories bearing Louis Vuitton's famous toile monogram.
The new ruling affords Louis Vuitton extra protection from counterfeiters. When you've got the American government on your side, it's much harder for crims to touch you. It comes after a 15-month investigation of American and Chinese groups importing and selling fake designer bags through the counterfeiting operation.
It's important to note though that while the ITC ruled that the violations took place, it hasn't issued any remedy at this point. Louis Vuitton hopes a cease and desist order will be issued, along with an exclusion order which should stop the knockoffs arriving on American soil, but right now it's a bit of a waiting game.
However the support of the ITC is a step in the right direction which may have ramifications for other high end designers waging war on counterfeiters. What do you think of this latest turn of events?
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