Wouldn’t you think this to be the other way around? Costco Wholesale Corp. filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Yves Saint Laurent Parfums SA, YSL Beauté Inc. and Quality King Distributors in federal court in Brooklyn, N.Y., asking for a declaratory judgment involving the sale of alleged counterfeit perfume.
According WWD, Costco said it purchased 2,500
units of product purported to be genuine Opium perfume from Quality
King Distributors for $87,500. YSL Parfums and YSL Beauté contacted the
warehouse club retailer on Oct. 2 to demand that it stop selling the
product because the beauty firms alleged that the goods were
Costco claimed in its complaint, YSL companies involved have not provided the retailer with evidence about the products in question. Costco removed the perfume from shelves on October 11, after receiving a letter from YSL that included a proposed lawsuit. No documents have been filed by YSL against Costco and Costco maintains that Quality King is responsible and liable for costs and expenses associated with the lawsuit.
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The complaint asked the court to declare whether Costco’s sale of the perfume infringed YSL’s rights and whether Quality King is liable to Costco and to YSL.
Something smells funny. Lesson learned, be careful of perfume you buy at Costco.