eBay wins UK LOréal counterfeits court case
The High Court in the UK has ruled in favour of eBay in a trademark infringement case brought on by LOréal, after the French cosmetics company claimed that eBay benefits from the sale of bogus fragrances and creams on its site.
According to a report from Revolution magazine, UK authorities said that eBay is not liable for the sale of counterfeit LOréal products on its site, which sparked a lawsuit in 2007 in five different countries, including Germany and Spain, and therefore did not have to pay damages to the online auction house.
Justice Arnold, the judge presiding over the case, urged the two companies to collaborate further to defeat counterfeiters and made a number of suggestions for eBay to help deter counterfeiters, including more robust filters and requirements for sellers to disclose their names and addresses.
“When companies try to prevent genuine items being sold through the internet, they demonstrate that they are out of step with consumers, how they use the internet to shop and, at this time when every penny counts, the importance of shopping around to get the best price,” said Richard Ambrose, eBays head of trust and safety.
Ebay employs a team of 2,000 people with a budget of $10 million per year to take down fake listings from its auctions.
The win for eBay follows a similar victory against LOréal in Brussels last year and in France last week and a dispute in Germany last year for selling counterfeit Rolex watches.