Cosmetics maker Coty, the company that owns the perfume licenses for Calvin Klein, Cerruti, Vera Wang, Chloé and Lagerfeld, among others, has brought suit this week against Los Angeles-based fragrance distributor Eddie's Perfume & Cosmetic Co. According to Eddie's, it is a distributor of Lacoste, Escada, Hugo Boss, Calvin and other fragrances. The only problem is Coty, which raised about $1 billion in an IPO earlier this month, has an exclusive license with Calvin Klein.
In a trademark infringement lawsuit filed on Monday in the Southern District of New York, Coty, which is also joined by Calvin Klein Trademark Trust, Calvin Klein Cosmetic Corp., and Zino Davidoff, as plaintiffs, is alleging that Eddie's is responsible for making and selling counterfeit Calvin Klein fragrances. The plaintiffs are asking the court for $2 million per infringement, injunctive relief, and various other damages. Also, they want the court to order Eddie's to destroy all of the "Calvin Klein" fragrances that it currently possesses.