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Alibaba fakes case: Chinese internet giant sued in NY

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Alibaba fakes case: Chinese internet giant sued in NY

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France’s luxury goods maker Kering SA is taking China’‘s internet mega-bazaar Alibaba to court in New York, alleging the online store is chock-a-block with fake Gucci or Yves St Laurent knockoffs.

The suit claims Alibaba “knowingly encourages, assists, and profits from the sale of counterfeits,” despite the world’s biggest web retailer promsing it would crack down on black market goods.

Alibaba denies the accusations and said “Unfortunately, Kering Group has chosen the path of wasteful litigation instead of the path of constructive cooperation.” It added it employed 2,000 people and spent 140 million euros last year to fight fakes.

The complaint says Alibaba even engineered algorithms to offer customers fakes when searching for items.