Orgell Sues Chopard

Beverly Hills, Calif., jeweler David Orgell has sued Chopard USA and its Swiss parent Chopard & Cie, seeking $1.2 million for what it calls "unlawful, unfair, and discriminatory business practices." According to the complaint, in 2002 Chopard opened a boutique next to Orgell, a retailer of Chopard products. Two years later, Chopard terminated its exclusive dealer agreement with Orgell. The California jeweler now claims this was part of "an overall anticompetitive scheme" by Chopard to eliminate Orgell as an authorized dealer and promote its own boutique. Orgell had been the authorized retailer of Chopard watches and jewelry since 1996. The suit claims it developed "a substantial clientele" for the Chopard brand, "introduced almost every new [Chopard] collection" in the U.S. market, and gave "substantial selling space exclusively to Chopard products," including in 1998 an entire "

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