The Italian Competition Authority once more against online counterfeit: the Ray-Ban case

The Italian Competition Authority (ICA) has again ordered the shutdown of two China-based websites that cloned the original Ray-Ban website and offered counterfeited sunglasses.

ICA stated that the behaviour of the two rogue websites constituted a misleading and unfair commercial practice, banned by the Italian Consumer Code, because the sites provided misleading information on the nature and characteristics of the products, promoting counterfeits as originals; failed to identify the seller and to list after-sale rights; and did not provide any legal guarantee in the sale of goods…

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