NEW YORK Aug 6 Gucci America sued several
credit card processing companies for trademark infringement on
Thursday on grounds those companies facilitated the sale of
counterfeit Gucci bags on the Internet.
Gucci America said in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District
Court in Manhattan that by processing transactions on
counterfeits, the companies "not only supply the necessary
marketplace for such transactions, they are full partners in
those counterfeiting activities."
The lawsuit named Frontline Processing Corp, Woodforest
National Bank, Durango Merchant Services LLC and other unnamed
Chuck Vernon, a lawyer for Woodforest National Bank, said
he had not yet reviewed the lawsuit. Representatives for the
other companies were unavailable for comment.
Gucci, owned by French luxury goods company PPR (PRTP.PA),
said the current case stems from another anti-counterfeit case
that Gucci settled last year.
All of the companies had worked with the Laurette Co, which
owns the website TheBagAddiction.com, according to Gucci's
lawyer Robert Weigel. Gucci sued the Laurette Co in 2008,
saying its sale of counterfeit Gucci products contributed to
In Dec. 2008, the website's owners, the Laurette Co Inc,
and others were ordered to pay Gucci $5.2 million.
(Reporting by Edith Honan, Editing by Toni Reinhold)