L’Oréal India has emerged victorious in a counterfeit court case brought against online website Shopclues, which it had accused of selling counterfeit products.
The cosmetics giant won in Delhi High Court, with the e-commerce site ordered to cease sale of L’Oreal products by way of permanent decree.
The judgement follows a four-year legal battle, with the court ruling that the website’s role was more than that of an intermediary and therefore was disqualified from the exemption under Section 79 of the Information Technology Act, 2000.
Shopclues was also ordered to make public the details of its sellers and their addresses, and to ensure products were genuine by way of certificates.
Amit Jain, Managing Director, L’Oréal India, said, “Counterfeits is a serious issue faced by the beauty industry in India across online and offline platforms. This verdict will help us fortify our fight against online counterfeiting rampant on such marketplaces. We understand the importance of consumer protection and are hence encouraged by this first-of-its-kind decision.”