LVMH charges Wal-Mart with selling counterfeit Fendi products

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton is claiming in a lawsuit that Wal-Mart is selling knock-off Fendi handbags at its Sam’s Club warehouse stores, CNN reports. LVMH is the parent company of the Italian fashion designer.

Wal-Mart has reportedly denied the allegation and said the items are authentic.

LVMH filed its lawsuit against Wal-Mart in U.S. District Court in New York on June 9, alleging that the retailer is selling handbags, wallets, and key chains that are counterfeit Fendi products, CNN reports.

LVMH asked that Wal-Mart stop the sale of the items as well as pay damages and legal fees.

The suit claims Wal-Mart does not have a purchasing agreement with Fendi or anyone affiliated with the company, CNN reports. Fendi also claims that Wal-Mart never sought trademark identification.

The lawsuit cites several alleged examples knock-offs being sold at Sam’s Club at discounted prices, CNN reports. In one example, a handbag with the Fendi logo allegedly was being sold at a Las Vegas store for $295. Fendi claims the original version of the handbag would retail for $925.

Fendi also notes that its products are sold at exclusive boutiques and department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Bloomingdales.

A spokesman for Wal-Mart told CNN that company policy prohibits the retailer from selling knock-offs. He added the company does not believe that the complaint has merit and Wal-Mart can demonstrate that the products sold in their stores are authentic.

The spokesman reportedly said that the company can also demonstrate that it properly obtained the Fendi products.

There are 566 Sam’s Club stores in the United States.