Coach gets $257 million in fake bags lawsuit

Handbag maker Coach receives $257 million judgment in Internet counterfeiting case

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Luxury handbag maker Coach Inc. said Friday that it received a $257 million judgment in a lawsuit filed against counterfeiters.

Coach launched a concerted effort against businesses that counterfeit its bags in 2009, suing companies from manufacturers and wholesalers to flea market operators and landlords.

In the most recent lawsuit, which was filed in the Illinois Federal Court, Coach won 573 Internet domain names. They all include the word Coach, from which counterfeiters sold the fake bags.

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