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Designer sues Wake flea market over knockoffs

Posted July 1, 2011 3:20 p.m. EDT

— 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.