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Louis Vuitton Counterfeit Bags Are Decreasing In Numbers

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Good news for Louis Vuitton, bad news for counterfeit shoppers.

Louis Vuitton is trying hard to strop the production and sale of fake bags and it seems their efforts are paying off.

Back in 2004, over 2 million counterfeit bags were seized by US customs officials.

But new regulations by the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement have targeted shipping containers of counterfeits and stopped them from entering the country.

In fact, during the 2010 fiscal year, officials only seized 200,000 bags. That’s a 90% drop!

Do U ever buy fake designer bags?

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Giorgio Gucci Goes To Washington

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The grandson of Guccio Gucci made an appearance in Washington DC this week to support the two bills that would crack down on those producing and selling counterfeit goods.

At the Intellectual Property Rights in the Fashion Industry and Its Effects on Our Nation's Economy forum, Giorgio Gucci said:

"The people who are exploiting the work of others have no conscience. All women want nice things … so I understand how tempting it is … but any woman who carries a copy is hurting other women."

He also told the men in attendance that if they really loved their lady, they would buy them the real thing.

Ha!

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Chicago Sued By Coach

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Coach Inc. is suing the city of Chicago over counterfeit items being sold in a city-controlled street market.

Really? The WHOLE city!?

The lawsuit claims that Coach investigators discovered several booths at the New Maxwell Street Market selling fake goods last summer.

Since the original complaint the city went after the vendors, but Coach pressed on and sent the city a cease and desist letter in December that asked Chicago to stop further sales. The Illinois city never responded and Coach still found vendors selling fakes.

The company lists over 100 anonymous parties in the suit as co-defendants and is seeking $2 million for each mark infringed, legal fees and other unspecified damages.

Yikes.

Sounds a bit extreme, but a lawsuit like this is fairly common.

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California Customs Seize $18 Million In Fake Sunglasses

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New York isn't the only state with counterfeit fashion.

Over on the left coast, customs seized fake Versace, Louis Vuitton and Coach sunglasses from both the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Thursday.

The 156,900 are said to be valued over $18.6 million.

Wonder if these will be sent to Haiti along with all the other douchey counterfeits???

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Haiti Gets The US' Confiscated Conterfeits

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On Monday, Brooklyn's DA announced that the United States will donate over 125,000 tons of confiscated knockoffs to Haiti rather than destroying them.

The amount of goods comes to a whoppin' $10 million worth of designer fakes including Ralph Lauren, Diesel and Ed Hardy.

But there's a catch. Any logos or brand identifiers will be removed from the clothes before being shipped to the earthquake ravaged country.

Sounds like a lot of work to us, especially when they have to scrape off all that douchiness from Ed Hardy's shiz.

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