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Coach sues Clarksville men over counterfeit handbags


Three business owners in Clarksville are being sued by one of the most well known brands in the world.

Coach, which makes and sells women's accessories, including high priced ladies handbags, is suing the owners of Lee Wholesale Market of selling counterfeit bags and other items.

In the lawsuit filed in US District Court in Nashville on Monday, Coach alleges an investigator visited the store on Ft. Campbell Boulevard in July 2011 where they found over 30 items bearing the Coach logo. The investigator purchased one handbag for $20.

In September of this year, Coach, along with investigators from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security found over 1,500 counterfeit Coach items inside the store.

Named in the lawsuit are Sheng Yao Li, Xiu Ping Li and Xiaomin Zhang, all of Clarksville. Coach is suing the men for 11 counts including trademark infringement, copyright violations, dilution and fraud.

The company is seeking $2-million for each counterfeit mark.

Coach is being represented by attorneys Christopher James Schroeck and J. Britt Phillips of Franklin.

All questions were referred to Coach in New York. A company spokesperson was not immediately available for comment.

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