Gucci wins order to bar Alibaba from selling fake goods
Alibaba, accused in the trademark-infringement lawsuit of facilitating sales of illegal goods, isn’t directly affected by the temporary restraining order issued Thursday by a Manhattan federal judge. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel also ordered that financial records be turned over to Kering.
The vendors are accused in the suit of selling knock-offs of luxury Kering brands including Yves Saint Laurent and Bottega Venata. Castel said he granted Kering’s request for the order because it appeared likely it would be able to show the Alibaba vendors were selling counterfeit products.
Bags bearing Gucci’s trademark were being sold on an Alibaba platform by a vendor for as little as $2 apiece, compared with $795 for an authentic version, according to Kering’s complaint.