Decanter also reports that Eric Greenberg was the consignor behind Acker Merrall & Condit's recent "The Man With the Golden Cellar" auction which brought in $15,563,359. Greenberg's lawyer says the lawsuit charges are false and the Greenberg would never sell wine he knew to be counterfeit. Still, the buyers from that most recent auction have to be a bit unnerved.
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Items available for bidding will include everything from handwritten lyrics to the old Jackson 5 hit ABC to Michael Jackson's gold record for Thriller. Michael claims he had no idea his memorabilia was going to be included in the auction, and is considering possible legal action to stop it.
I can see how it would be sad to see somebody else selling off your old stuff for a profit, but as far as lawsuits go I can't imagine anybody would try to auction off celebrity property, especially Jackson property in such a public way, unless they had the right to do so? But you never know, people can be pretty crazy.
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The Louis Vuitton group isn't the only one filing suit against Wal-Mart Inc. for allegedly selling counterfeit handbags. A doctor in Kentucky has also filed a suit against the company for selling him fake Prada bags and representing them as real.
After purchasing three bags, he sent one to his sister, living in Italy, as a gift. When the bag started to fall apart, she took it to the Prada factory for repairs and they informed her that it was a fake. A Wal-Mart spokesperson says that the company is prepared to show that their bags are real, while Prada says that Wal-Mart is not one of their clients.
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Fendi has filed suit against Wal-Mart after accusing the retailer of selling counterfeit bags while representing them as the real thing. The bags in question were sold at the warehouse Sam's Club stores, which are owned by Wal-Mart. Fendi asserts that Wal-Mart never purchased products from them, nor did they inquire as to the authenticity of the goods they were buying from their suppliers. As the stores were selling the bags for 45% below retail, it does seem quite possible that they "fell off the back of a truck" somewhere, though Wal-Mart declined to comment.
Somehow, the "don't ask, don't tell" acquisition strategy seems like it is most effective when purchasing a single bag in a back alley somewhere - though still not great from the designer's perspective - than when the world's largest retailer, already under a lot of scrutiny, starts buying them in bulk.
It looks like Jessica Simpson isn't the only one being sued over a dispute with a designer. Melanie Griffith is being sued for breach of contract by Niklas J. Palm, a Los Angeles-based, Emmy-winning designer, for $26,000 to pay for three gowns. The dresses were worn by Griffith and her two daughters at the Golden Globes and provided for free in exchange for a mention of his name on the red carpet. Not only did she did not mention that the gowns were designed by Palm when interviewed, but Griffith claimed that she designed the gowns herself.