Cartier & Amazon going after AMZ Sellers counterfeiting on platform.
Eight sellers total have been named in the case at this time.
Amazon and Cartier are claiming that the defendants sold counterfeit Cartier products in their Amazon store, but that the sellers had disguised them as non-branded items.
The plaintiffs allege that the defendants have not only deceived consumers but that they have also lied and financially harmed Amazon as well as Cartier.
Furthermore, they have tarnished Amazon’s integrity by selling counterfeit goods.
Amazon and Cartier both engage in anti-counterfeiting efforts to protect the reputation of their companies, said the complaint. The plaintiffs claim that when the defendants registered to sell on Amazon, they signed a Business Solutions Agreement which requires the seller to agree to the anti-counterfeiting policy on Amazon.
According to the complaint, the defendants advertised their counterfeit products and then sold them on Amazon. When the consumers ordered the counterfeits, they would receive fake Cartier trademarks.
A trademark infringement is when someone violates the exclusive rights linked to a trademark without permission from the trademark owner or licensees.
False designation of origin is when a manufacturer makes a product and then lies about its origin or maker. The Washington Consumer Protection Act helps to protect consumers when a trader or manufacturer tries to practice any illegal trade.
This case has been reassigned to Marsha J. Pechman, United States District Judge and its new case number is 2:22-cv-00841.
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