Alibaba Wins Suit Over Allegedly Fake Cat Food

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By Alexis Kramer

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has won a lawsuit against a seller of allegedly counterfeit Mars cat food on its TaoBao e-commerce platform, the company announced July 21 ( v. Yao, Shanghai Fengxian District People’s Ct, 7/20/17).

The Shanghai Fengxian District People’s Court ruled July 20 that the defendant, an individual surnamed Yao, damaged Alibaba’s reputation, the Chinese e-commerce giant said. The court ordered Yao to pay RMB 120,000 ($17,700) in damages, Alibaba said. The defendant could not be reached for comment.

The lawsuit is the second of three civil actions Alibaba filed in its continuing fight against counterfeit goods. The other two lawsuits, against sellers of allegedly fake Swarovski watches and of allegedly fake Wuliangye liquor, are ongoing.

“Winning the first lawsuit [against Yao] has made Alibaba more confident in our crackdown on counterfeit merchants,” Jessie Junfang Zheng, Alibaba’s chief platform governance officer, said in a statement. “We plan to put all the proceeds we receive [from lawsuits] to a special fund dedicated to protecting and compensating our consumers.”

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