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Designer sues Wake flea market over knockoffs

Posted July 1, 2011

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— High-end designer Coach Inc. has filed suit against a Raleigh flea market where vendors have been repeatedly charged with selling knockoff goods.

Coach is seeking at least $2 million in damages from Watson's Flea Market and its vendors, as well as a federal court order barring any item bearing a Coach label or logo from being sold at the Poole Road market.

According to the lawsuit, 343 counterfeit Coach handbags, wallets and other items were confiscated from vendors at the flea market during a May raid by agents with the North Carolina Secretary of State's Office.

The raid followed previous efforts by the company to get the flea market's owners to crack down on the sale of counterfeit designer goods, the lawsuit states.

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  • thefiredog Jul 1, 2011

    I would hate to have either a stadium or a flea-market in my neighborhood.

  • parcman Jul 1, 2011

    i wants a louis ve-tons...but a fake coach?...cant u get one for like 80 bucks at the outlet in smithfield...lol

  • raymondtgreenwood Jul 1, 2011

    Wow, what in the world does Coach catching counterfeiters have to do with a stadium being built. I doubt seriously if Coach is doing anything for St Aug's. As far as the counterfeiters at someone point what they are doing is eventually going to hurt the business of a large company which will eventually affect other people with legitimate jobs. Doesn't matter if its New York or Raleigh, I'm sure they will go after whomever they can catch. If they have that much drive and determination they need to open up their own brand.

  • SaltlifeLady Jul 1, 2011

    Why are they going after small markets like Raleigh?? They should be hitting where the big counterfeit sales really are like in New York City.

  • justjean Jul 1, 2011

    Shut 'em down and then St. Aug's can build their 5000 seat stadium there...Why hasn't WRAL done an article on that and how the neighbors all hate the idea of a stadium smack in the middle of their neighborhood???

  • turkeydance Jul 1, 2011

    $2 million for a coach is not that much.
    not for the colleges around here, anyway.

  • Whatever Geez Jul 1, 2011

    want a fake bag, just go to the Bahamas.

  • St Ives Jul 1, 2011

    Oh gosh perhaps my $25 rolex is a fake too!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jul 1, 2011

    "Coach is seeking at least $2 million in damages from Watson's Flea Market and its vendors, as well as a federal court order barring any item bearing a Coach label or logo from being sold at the Poole Road market."

    Holy Mackerel!

    I doubt Watson's has anywhere near that much.

    Maybe this will teach the low life scam artists out there.

  • Not_So_Dumb Jul 1, 2011

    $2 million is probably a number they know they won't get, but will get attention. The damage to a super premium brand such as Coach that becomes commonplace from counterfeits is enormous. The people who do buy $1000+ bags won't if, at glance, it looks like something on the shoulder of people at the dollar store.

    Those who give criminals a place to operate should face punishment.

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