US-based athletic footwear brand Skechers has taken India’s top online marketplace Flipkart to court after it was revealed that some third party sellers were selling counterfeit products of its brand online.
Earlier police had conducted raids at seven warehouses in Delhi and Ahmedabad to recover fake merchandise from sellers Retail Net, Tech Connect, Unichem Logistics and Marco Wagon who are accused of selling these counterfeit items. Besides Flipkart, Skechers has also filed cases against four other sellers including Retail Net, Tech Connect, Unichem Logistics and Marco Wagon for selling counterfeit products of its brand online.
In its petition submitted to the Delhi High Court, Skechers said that with the help of court-appointed local commissioners it raided seven warehouses in Delhi and Ahmedabad to recover fake merchandise from the four sellers. Skechers said that it found more than 15,000 pairs of fake shoes that were to be sold as Skechers, according to a report published in the Economic Times.
A Flipkart spokesperson told The Economic Times that the company only act as an intermediary between customers and sellers. “Flipkart is an online marketplace that helps sellers connect with customers across the country,” a company spokesperson said.