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Michael Kors clamps down on counterfeit goods sold in Quebec

04/22/2015 02:21 EDT | Updated 07/16/2015 06:59 EDT
American designer Michael Kors is clamping down on counterfeit good sold in Quebec. It has sued 10 Quebecers in relation to the distribution of counterfeit products. 

Kors, most famous for his handbags, hired a Quebec private investigation team and a law firm to dig up evidence so it could seize more than 4,000 knock-off items, including wallets, bags and watches.

The lawyer representing Kors, Mathieu Piché-Messier, says they've opted to sue the perpetrators rather than going through the criminal system.

He says civil court is often the best way to approach intellectual property crime cases.

"Mostly because of a lack of resources, [intellectual property] crime is not a priority for our police. Sometimes it's much faster and efficient to go through civil recourses and remedies," he said.

Piché-Messier says victims of intellectual property crimes can conduct a court-ordered seizure if they are able to gather enough evidence.

In this case, they were able to gather enough evidence to show that ten defendants were involved in distributing fake Michael Kors items.

He has asked the court to order the defendants to stop producing and remit the whereabouts of all the bootlegged items.

Piché-Messier confirmed Michael Kors is also suing for damages, but is not able to disclose the amount at this time.

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