In a July 14, 2008, decision addressing the issue of who bears the burden in policing counterfeiting on online auction sites, Judge Richard J. Sullivan of the Southern District of New York held that “it is the trademark owner’s burden to police its mark and companies like eBay cannot be held liable for trademark infringement based solely on their generalized knowledge that trademark infringement might be occurring on their websites.” The decision was rendered in Tiffany (NJ) Inc. v. eBay, Inc., No. 04 Civ. 4607 (RJS) (S.D.N.Y). The district court held that Tiffany had failed to meet its burden to hold eBay liable for direct and contributory trademark infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, and direct and contributory trademark dilution.
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Recent discoveries of unlabeled real fur from raccoon dogs used in garments have spurred discussions surrounding proper labeling methods of fur coats.  According to the Humane Society of United States, the unlabeled faux fur found on jackets sold by DKNY, Rocawear, Baby Phat, Sean John and by retailers like Macy’s and J.C. Penney is actually dog fur, taken from raccoon dogs who are skinned alive.  In 2005, Macy’s pulled coats from its shelves containing raccoon dog fur labeled as raccoon after the Humane Society raised the issue with the chain. Continue Reading Fur Labeling Violations Dog The Clothing Industry