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Coach sues Target over allegedly copied bags


New York City Coach is suing Target Corp. over bags that the luxury handbag maker says too closely resemble its own designs.

Coach wants Target to stop selling the bags and pay an undetermined amount in damages, injunctive relief and attorney fees, Coach said in a complaint it filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

The bags in question resemble Coach's Ergo bags, launched in 2008 and marketed as ergonomically correct, and its Signature Patchwork bags, which have patches in different fabrics and also were introduced in 2008, Coach said.

Target began selling handbags this summer with "exact and/or confusingly similar reproductions of Coach's Ergo designs and Signature Patchwork designs," Coach claims.

Coach also sued Target in 2006 claiming the retailer was selling a copy of one of its handbags. The companies settled the case.

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