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Michael Kors sues Costco claiming it illegally used images of its purses in ads

07/12/2013 01:27 EDT | Updated 09/11/2013 05:12 EDT
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Michael Kors is suing Costco saying that it illegally used pictures of its luxury bags in its ads in order to lure in customers without being authorized to sell the designer's wares.

In a federal lawsuit filed in New York, Michael Kors accused Costco of a bait-and-switch scheme. It says Costco advertised the bags as starting at $99, but didn't actually have any to sell.

Michael Kors says the ads intentionally exploit the popularity of its bags, which can retail for several hundred dollars, and lure consumers away from authorized retailers.

Costco has also been sued recently by Tiffany & Co. for alleged illegal use of its trademarks.

The lawsuit seeks a halt to the ads along with damages.

Costco Wholesale Corp. officials didn't immediately return an email seeking comment.