You better check carefully that cool Tommy Hilfiger T-shirt you bought at Wal-Mart or Sams. According to Hilfiger, Wal-Mart has knowingly sold at least seven styles of counterfeit Tommy Hilfiger goods, including T-shirts and socks. A federal judge in US.District Court in New York found Wal-Mart in contempt for continuing the sell the fake items, even after the company agreed to stop carrying phony Tommy. The Judge said that Wal-Mart has to recall all the phony goods by sending letters to people who bought the stuff, and to post signs in their stores. Wal-Mart has also been ordered to give Hilfiger an inventory of all the knock offs it has, and return the goods to Tommy so they can have a great bonfire! Hilfiger told the Associated Press that it was “gratified” that the court tripped up Wal-Mart, and that the court recognized a “company of Wal-Mart’s size and stature knowingly sells counterfeit goods.” Wal-Mart responded with typical humility, noting that it doesn’t sell any more Hilfiger goods, and that it has already filed an appeal of the case. Four years ago, Wal-mart tangled with Hilfiger over the use of the latter’s crest logo. Wal-Mart agreed at the time not to use that logo anymore. Customers officials said that Wal-Mart was importing fake Hilfiger shirts into the country. In 1996, Wal-Mart consented to a permanent injunction against knowingly and intentionally using counterfeit Hilfiger trademarks. Over a year ago, Wal-Mart was sued by Nike for infringing on their patent for an Air Mada shoe. Wal-Mart’s Nike imitation was made in Korea.Wal-Mart was ordered by a court to pay Nike $6 million for patent violations.
Hey, buy cheap, take your chances! Maybe that designer label you saw at Wal-Mart really isn’t the real McCoy. What can you say about a company that gets caught counterfeiting goods, and keeps on doing it! These federal judges are being paid good salaries by American taxpayers to sit and listen to Wal-Mart lawyers repeatedly deny they have done anything wrong by selling Nikes or Hilfigers that are phony. How much money have we spent on court cases like this, where Wal-Mart gets cited for contempt for selling phony goods. Next time you go into a Wal-Mart, ask the clerk for a phony Tommy Hilfiger shirt. Tell her your tax dollars helped to make it all possible. Impress your friends with phony goods from Wal-Mart!