Turns out, our friends over at Shop Jeen quietly settled the lawsuit that Chanel filed against it late last year. The online retailer, which has been linked to Nasty Gal, was hit with a strongly-worded complaint by the legal team for the Paris-based design house, alleging that Shop Jeen has "engaged in illegal counterfeiting and infringing activities knowingly and intentionally or with reckless disregard or willful blindness to Chanel's [trademark] rights." The multi-million dollar lawsuit, which was filed in mid-December in the Southern District of New York, cites federal trademark infringement, trademark counterfeiting, false designation of origin, trademark dilution, and common law trademark infringement, in connection with imitation Chanel iPhone cases, as a result of which Chanel has suffered "irreparable injury and substantial damages, and the Defendants have been unjustly enriched." The amount that the site's owners had to pay up as a result of selling the counterfeit iPhone cases has not been disclosed.
According to a profile on Shop Jeen’s founder Erin Yogasundram, 23, by New York Magazine’s The Cut blog, the suit was settled. Writing for The Cut, Alexis Swerdloff, says:
In December, Chanel filed a lawsuit against Shop Jeen accusing it of trademark infringement for selling faux Chanel No. 5 iPhone cases. “The fact that we were even on their radar, it was flattering,” Erin says. “That was like a ‘Whoa, we can’t get away with this stuff, people are watching what we’re doing’ moment.” The company settled the suit. “We have a good lawyer.
This is not exactly the reaction that many would expect after being hit with a rather serious intellectual property infringement lawsuit, but it is worth noting that the brand’s website seems to be free of any counterfeit goods. As for infringing ones, there may still be some problematic items. Adidas would likely find ShopJeen's striped jogger pants (complete with three stripes) to be problematic. Les Petits Joueurs also probably would not take kindly to the smiley face box clutch, which is almost identical to the brand’s Grace Smile Perspex Clutch. So, it seems the site's operators have learned their lesson to some extent, and this is worth commending!
IMAGE COURTESY OF SHOPJEEN.