Retail Update: Coach sues Oklahoma retailers over alleged counterfeits

Jamie's Exclusively Plus in Tulsa and River City Trading Post in Jenks were named in separate lawsuits in federal court.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: June 21, 2012
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Retail update

Coach sues 2 state retailers

As part of an ongoing crackdown on counterfeiting, Coach Inc., has filed lawsuits against two Oklahoma retailers accusing them of trademark infringement.

Civil cases were filed May 18 against Jamie's Exclusively Plus and owner Julie Vargas in Tulsa and River City Trading Post in Jenks; Sharon Reed, doing business as Purses and Stuff, was also named in the River City Trading Post case.

In the lawsuits, Coach says one of its investigators purchased a counterfeit Coach handbag for less than $40 at Jamie's Exclusively Plus and another for $78.99 at River City Trading Post. Neither store is an authorized Coach retailer. Jamie's Exclusively Plus is a consignment store and River City Trading Post is an antique mall that leases booth space to sellers.

Coach, in the complaint, requested the retailers be ordered to stop selling any products with the Coach trademarks or design elements, plus statutory damages and other costs.

The lawsuits were filed in federal court in Tulsa.

JENNIFER PALMER, BUSINESS WRITER


by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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