CVS and Family Dollar Stores Inc. Sued for Impressions of Perfume

I went to my local CVS store recently and saw a bunch of “Impression” perfumes. I was rather amused by them because they were basically imitations of pricey perfumes sold in high-end department stores. There were titles such as “Impression of Happy by Clinique” and “Impression of Beautiful by Estee Lauder.” Although these perfumes were knocks-offs, but at least they were not counterfeit products that claimed to be the real thing.

Unfortunately for CVS Caremark Corp, Family Dollar Stores Inc., and Preferred Fragrance Inc. (who made the knock-offs), Estee Lauder Cosmetic Inc. filed a federal lawsuit against them on Wednesday. Estee Lauder accused CVS and Family Dollar of selling imitation products that used their actual registered trademarks and/or names that were very similar to the original ones.

The suit included accusations of “trademark infringement, false advertising, diluting their trademarks and unfair competition.” It seeks for an injunction to stop CVS and Family Dollar from selling the products and asking for damages of up to $1 million for each individual type of knock-offs … read more »