Burberry, Louis Vuitton Hit Canadian Counterfeiters with $2 Million in Lawsuits

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Ain't nothing like the real thing: A Louis Vuitton handbag on the Fall 2011 runway.

With their known-the-world-round logo prints, Burberry and Louis Vuitton are prime targets for counterfeiters—but the mega brands are fighting back.

Vancouver-based lawyer Michael Manson, who represents both Vuitton and Burberry, is suing Singga Enterprises, Altec Productions, and Jaun Guo, owner of Vancouver store Carnation Fashion, for over $2 million in fines and damages. Thus far, the only defendant to appear at a summary trial in Federal Court on March 8 was Guo, according to the Vancouver Sun.

The investigation, which includes the in-store and online sale of counterfeit handbags, sunglasses, watches, and jewelry, began in 2008. According to Manson, the counterfeiters use a "sophisticated operation with manufacturers in China and a national distribution system."

In 2008, Louis Vuitton won $1 million in damages in a Canadian court against a Burnaby woman selling LV knockoffs. "That case pales in comparison to this," Manson told Federal Court Justice James Russell.

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