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Ralph Lauren shops closed down

Beitragvon joana » Do Feb 05, 2004 11:40

Hundreds of Ralph Lauren outlets in Mauritius have been shut down after a court granted United States-based Polo Ralph Lauren an injunction against stores using its trademark, court officials said on Wednesday.

Although Mauritian manufacturers and retailers claimed they had legal status after a government blunder 12 years ago, which allowed the registration of the trademark by local company Aurdally Brothers, the court still ruled in favour of the fashion house.

“Ralph Lauren has entered two cases in the supreme court claiming they have copyright on the Ralph Lauren trademark and the ‘polo player on horseback’ logo,” a court official said.

“On Friday, the judge gave Ralph Lauren a temporary injunction against all the shops in Mauritius which have been using the trademark and logo.”

According to Reuters, more than 400 outlets across the island nation had been using the Ralph Lauren trademark and logo, with tourists flocking to the shops for garments sold at a fraction of European and US prices.

Stores sprouted all over the island after Aurdally Brothers gave permission to another local company, Captain Tasman, to produce merchandise under the Ralph Lauren trademark, with licences then sold to a raft of other garment manufacturers.

“My clients claim not to be pirates,” the stores’ legal representative Siddharta Hawoldar said.

“They lawfully started this business when the make was Mauritian and they have been lawfully carrying out their trade.

“They feel that Ralph Lauren cannot just come in and impose themselves on them and they should go into some kind of negotiation with a view to settle the issue.”

Thousands of employees working for the Mauritian outlets demonstrated against the injunction in Port Louis on Tuesday.

Source: just-style.com

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Beitragvon stefan » Fr Feb 06, 2004 8:05

YEAAAAAHHHHHH :ploppop :ploppop
und sagten sie auch gleich > wieviele neue jobs entstehen werden? :mrgreen:
endlich is der schmach weg, endlich koennen mauritianer zeigen, was SIE selbst koennen, ohne andere zu copieren !
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gruesse stefan> der sich dadrueber seeeeehr freut.
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Beitragvon joana » Sa Feb 14, 2004 11:00

Shutting down of Ralph Lauren shops hurt Mauritius-retailers
United States Of America : 13th February 2004
Source: Fibre2Fashion

The shutting down of many Mauritius based shops selling goods under the "Ralph Lauren" name, due to court action by the U.S. fashion powerhouse, will harm the Indian Ocean island's economy, retailers said on Thursday.

Over 400 Ralph Lauren outlets in Mauritius were shut after a court on January 30 granted the American designer and retailer a temporary injunction against shops using its trademark.

The U.S. firm, Polo Ralph Lauren Corp., filed two cases in the Supreme Court saying it has copyright on the Ralph Lauren trademark and "polo player on horseback" logo.

The local manufacturers and retailers argue they have legal status after the government made a mistake and allowed the registration of the trademark by a local company 12 years ago.

"There will be huge job losses if the temporary injunction is enforced fully," Ajay Beegoo, Director of Captain Tasman, one of the companies selling the garments, told Reuters.

Beegoo said that at least 7,000 jobs would be lost in factories and shops and another 10,000 people, such as packaging producers and taxi drivers, would be affected."In a small country like Mauritius, where we have a population of one million, the loss of 17,000 jobs will have negative repercussions on our local economy," Beegoo said.

The Ralph Lauren outlets are a lucrative business in Mauritius, where tourists grab everything from polo shirts to skirts at a quarter of European or U.S. prices.

According to Beegoo, the monthly turnover of the outlets totals about 250 million Mauritius rupees ($9.88 million) and their closure will result in big losses to businesses that together have invested billions of rupees.

Mauritius's foreign minister and minister of international trade, Jaya Cuttaree, agrees that the economy will suffer."I admit that it's an economic problem just like if a textile factory closed down. People will lose their jobs, but it's none of our doing," Cuttaree told Reuters. "It's up to the courts to sort this out".
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Beitragvon stefan » Sa Feb 14, 2004 20:43

and how many people lost there job when this stupid thing started????
you will see, local companies will get ground again and this people will find a job again.
and i dont worry about the taxi drivers > they dit there money , perhaps there need working now again, as we all do all the time, without bringing a tourist in a shop and collecting up to 350RS for that. :beer)
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Beitragvon joana » Mo Feb 16, 2004 10:08

stefan hat geschrieben:and i dont worry about the taxi drivers > they dit there money , perhaps there need working now again, as we all do all the time, without bringing a tourist in a shop and collecting up to 350RS for that. :beer)


I fully agree with you, Stefan.
I know a certain shop in Arsenal where every taxi-driver got MRS 500,- per stop - does't matter if clients bought or not. But if they bought, the driver got additional commission.
Sure they are crying now that it's over...

Others have good quality as well...

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Beitragvon joana » Di Mär 02, 2004 10:42

Court Grants Permanence To Ralph Lauren Ban

Source: just-style




A Mauritius court has banned businesses on the island from manufacturing goods bearing the logo of fashion designer Polo Ralph Lauren Corp.

The United States-based company, which has objected to the practice for more than a decade, was granted a temporary injunction against Mauritian businesses making and selling unlicensed Polo apparel earlier this year.

“On Wednesday (the court) granted the company a permanent injunction,” a court official said.

“Local outlets are now not allowed to produce or sell goods with the Ralph Lauren name or logo.”

While local retailers claim about 7000 jobs are at risk as a result of the ruling, judge Paul Lam Shang Lee said the court had the Mauritian economy’s best interests at heart.

“If thousands of people will be affected, the fault lies with those purveyors of others’ ideas and works who have created the situation and who have been enjoying a very lucrative market,” he said.

“The state has at heart the future of the economy of the country and most of all the desire to show the whole world that Mauritius is not anymore a safe haven for counterfeiters.”
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Beitragvon Michael » Di Mär 02, 2004 13:41

:-D

und das Urteil wird nach mauritianischer Art befolgt. Die Shops sind OFFEN!

Die kommunizieren untereinander, wie und wo gerade kontrolliert wird, in der Region wird dann geschlossen - die anderen sind offen. Heute morgen z.B. in Flic en Flac, Palma Quatre Bornes - hab ich selbst gesehen. KOmmt ein Anruf, gehen die Rolltore runter und alles wird verrammelt.

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Beitragvon Harald » Do Jun 17, 2004 0:20

und das Urteil wird nach mauritianischer Art befolgt. Die Shops sind OFFEN!

Die kommunizieren untereinander, wie und wo gerade kontrolliert wird, in der Region wird dann geschlossen - die anderen sind offen. Heute morgen z.B. in Flic en Flac, Palma Quatre Bornes - hab ich selbst gesehen. KOmmt ein Anruf, gehen die Rolltore runter und alles wird verrammelt.


GEIL! :ploppop :mrgreen: Ich lach mich tot! Da sind die Mauitianer Profis!
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Beitragvon stefan » Do Jun 17, 2004 7:59

Harald, laut gerichtsbeschluss, gab man den shops zeit, bis ende Dezember 2004, ihren stock loszuschlagen.
dann ist wirklich schluss damit.
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Beitragvon mike@hibiscus » Sa Jul 17, 2004 22:53

this injunction will have a big impact on the mauritian jobs market and economy which makes me sad but whatever happens i'm sure mauritius will bounce back.. like stefan said, how many jobs were lost to accommodate for those 400 outlets in the the first place.. In a way it's cleaning up dirty trade because the fact is the brand got hijacked.. i'm sure if it were you or I who owned such a company and saw others immitating and selling our products at such discounted prices we wouldn't be happy about it at all.. :-?
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