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Beauty Byte: L'Oreal Sics its Lawyers on eBay

Beauty Byte: L'Oreal Sics its Lawyers on eBay

Quick, call the crack team at Boston Legal! L'Oreal is taking eBay to court in five European countries, claiming that the auction site isn't doing enough to crack down on counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances. L'Oreal produces more than just its namesake products; it also owns The Body Shop, Lancome, Kiehl's, Shu Uemura and produces fragrances for Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren, Viktor & Rolf and Cacharel. In a statement, the company said:

"L'Oreal has been facing an increasing volume of illicit trade in fake fragrances and fake cosmetic products on some online auction sites."

I'm no Matlock, but my guess is that this lawsuit won't go far, because eBay is merely the conduit for the illegal sellers. If you're concerned about buying fakes, check out my guide to spotting them.

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7kimba7 7kimba7 9 years
I am not an ebay fan. sorry.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
I never realised L'Oreal owned all those companies
alibella alibella 9 years
Seriously, I am not that cheap that I would buy makeup on ebay and have no idea where its from or what is in it. Especially since a lot of counterfeit products come from China and we all know what they've got going on right now... and I do think ebay owes it to their customers to do everything they can to stop the sale of counterfiet products on their website.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Yea I agree with you...a little weird to buy products you use on your face form ebay...
actorgirl21 actorgirl21 9 years
I think it's weird and gross to buy products and such from ebay anyway.
flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
its lawsuits like these that is going to make ebay harder to use. if loreal doesnt want their products counterfeited, its their job to ensure that it doesnt happen, not ebays.
Pepper Pepper 9 years
About time.
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