Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Chanel Is Victorious As Crotchet Counterfeit Case Unravels – 16/12/09

A French court has dismissed the counterfeit claim against Chanel by Carmen Colle of World Tricot, who sued for 2.5 million euros (AU$4m) in damages. However, the court ordered Chanel to pay 400,000 euros (AU $640,000) to Colle for “abusive termination” of her contract.

We first discussed this case in the MO Down on November 12, when the Guardian newspaper suggested Colle’s case “could empower the petites mains who work as tailors and seamstresses for powerful brands in France.”

After the verdict was announced earlier this week, Bruno Pavolovsky, the president of Chanel’s haute couture division, told the Telegraph, "World Tricot was quashed; the court ruled there was no counterfeit.”

Colle was also happy with the verdict, saying it is the "first victory for seamstresses. This shows that Chanel failed to respect its contract with World Tricot."

What an interesting end to this case; both parties feeling victorious. We’ll continue to keep you in the loop if there are any future developments.

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