If you recently came across an enticing pair of Valentino shoes on Amazon and thought the price was too good to be true, you may have been right. On Thursday, luxury fashion brand Valentino and retail giant Amazon together sued a third-party online retailer for selling counterfeit shoes.
The shoes-in-suit, Valentino Garavani Rockstud shoes, “feature metallic, three-dimensional, pyramid-shaped studs on heels, ballet flats, mules, and sandals. The distinctive studs and their configuration and placement in the shoe design is unique to Valentino.” Valentino stated that this shoe is synonymous with the Valentino brand. They claimed that the defendants, the Kaitlyn Pan Group and Hao Pan, are imitators and “introduced a line of shoes that blatantly copy the iconic look and design of Valentino Garavani Rockstud shoes, infringing Valentino’s trademark and design patents.”
The defendants advertise and sell these allegedly infringing products on their website without permission from Valentino. While Valentino and Amazon have anti-infringement and counterfeit measures to combat this conduct, for a period of time, the Kaitlyn Pan Group was advertising and selling allegedly counterfeit shoes on Amazon and on their own website. Amazon said the Kaitlyn Pan Group agreed not to sell counterfeit or infringing goods when it created and operated an Amazon selling account. The defendants have allegedly violated their Business Solutions Agreement (BSA) with Amazon, which includes Amazon’s Anti-Counterfeiting Policy by advertising and selling these counterfeit items. Valentino sent defendants a cease-and-desist and informed Amazon about the defendants’ conduct.