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May 24, 2009

eBay wins court battle against L’Oreal in UK

L’Oreal held eBay responsible for trademark infringements by users

By CBR Staff Writer

eBay has won a British court battle against French cosmetics group L’Oreal, which had claimed that eBay was liable for trademark infringements committed by its users. The British court has ruled that eBay cannot be held liable for the sale of bogus beauty products on its website.

There have been legal fights between the two firms on the sales of counterfeit goods on the website.

L’Oreal claims that the eBay has not taken enough steps to stop the sale of fake products that has the L’Oreal name. But eBay insisted that it does not involve in direct sales of the goods sold and just provides the trading space for the users.

Last year, eBay won a similar suit against jewelry powerhouse Tiffany, where the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, declared that eBay takes appropriate steps to remove suspected counterfeit listings as part of the company’s efforts to provide a safe and trusted marketplace.

 

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