“Excessive”. “Disproportionate”. “Indecent”. This is how the defence lawyers have defined the claim for compensation for moral and commercial damages filed by Hermès’ lawyers. Value: around 2 million euros. Damage quantification came at the end of the trial which saw a group of former employees of the brand at the bar. Prosecution: production and sale of fake Birkin. The verdict is scheduled for September 24, 2020.
All the penalties required
On Friday June 26, 2020, the trial involving 10 people, including 7 former Hermès employees, ended. All were accused of producing and selling a few dozen Birkin between 2013 and 2014. During the trial, the defendants admitted most of the accusations and repented. The Public Prosecutor has requested prison sentences of up to 4 years’ of imprisonment, a 200,000 euro fine and an arrest warrant for a man residing in Vietnam. As a matter of fact, he would be the promoter and organiser of this fake chain. By the way, he was the only one absent from the trial. For another person accused, the PM asked for 3 years as well as a fine of 100,000 euros. Finally, 30 months in prison and a fine of 100,000 euros were requested for a woman suspected of marketing the bags. Lower punishments were sought for other group’s members.
2 million euros
Hermès’s lawyers asked for a total of around 2 million euros for moral and commercial damages. A request that outraged some defence attorneys who apostrophised it as “excessive”, “disproportionate”, “indecent”. Some of the defence attorneys have asked for their clients to be acquitted, notably contesting the notion that copyright has been applied to Birkin bags. (Mv)
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