Fendi and Samís Club Resolve Dispute
Fendi Adele S.R.L. Fendi S.r.l., and Fendi North America, Inc. (ďFendiĒ) and Samís Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., today announced that they have resolved their dispute in the litigation that Fendi currently has pending against various retailers. Fendi claimed in the litigation that Samís Club and various other retailers sold counterfeit bags and other products under the Fendi label.
Both Fendi and Samís Club are committed to the enforcement of intellectual property rights to maintain the value of genuine products. Fendi on its part will continue its campaign to protect its brand name and Samís Club will continue its commitment to sell quality, genuine products in its clubs.
Under the agreement, Samís Club has agreed to pay to Fendi a confidential settlement amount and Fendi will dismiss its lawsuit against Samís Club. In addition, Samís Club will offer to its Members the opportunity to return any bags, wallets, and scarves they purchased at Samís Club with a Fendi label for full refunds. Samís Club earlier removed all Fendi-labeled bags, wallets and scarves from its shelves.
Michael Burke, Chairman and CEO of Fendi, said, ďWe are pleased to put this matter behind us in a way that recognizes and allows us to protect our distinctive trademarks. We believe this resolution to be in the best interests both of our customers and the Samís Club members. We applaud the determination of Wal-Mart and Samís Club to protect the intellectual property rights of others and to ensure that the products it sells are genuine. We will continue our global efforts to protect our brand from trademark infringement of all kinds.Ē
Doug McMillon, President and CEO of Samís Club, said, ďWe are pleased that we have resolved our dispute with Fendi. We have programs in place to protect the intellectual property rights of others. However, during this litigation, Fendi provided us information that the twelve types of bags and wallets specifically listed in its complaint were not genuine. We accept this information. We are and remain committed to ensuring that all of the products we sell are genuine, and, as a consequence, Samís Club is offering our Members who purchased Fendi-labeled bags, wallets, or scarves the opportunity to return them for full refunds. We recognize the importance of enforcing intellectual property rights. We expect our suppliers to respect these rights as well, and we will not tolerate deviation from that high standard. We apologize to our Members for any inconvenience.Ē
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