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Salon Sued For Selling Knock-Off Designer Handbags

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by Jason Lamb

SMYRNA, Tenn. – A middle Tennessee salon could be out $16 million if a popular designer handbag company gets its way. Coach, Inc. is suing the Merle Norman Salon on Rock Springs Road in Smyrna for selling knock-off designer purses.

The lawsuit stems from an undercover investigation at that salon that took place at the end of January.  The lawsuit says the investigator, working for Coach, spotted nearly two dozen fake Coach handbags for sale.  He purchased one for $65.

The lawsuit says real Coach handbags cost an average of $285.

Coach is suing the salon for violating trademark laws -- $2 million for each offense, for a total of $16 million.

Inside the Merle Norman Salon Wednesday, several bags were still on sale, but none appeared to be Coach handbags.

An employee at the store said the manager was on vacation and couldn't talk to NewsChannel 5, but she said she didn't think the store had sold any Coach products for a while.

Representatives from Coach also did not return NewsChannel 5's calls for comment, beyond what was listed in the lawsuit.

This is not the first time Coach investigators have busted salons in Middle Tennessee.

Last year, Coach sued a salon in Murfreesboro for selling knock-offs.

The company has even gone after entire cities -- suing the city of Chicago for failing to stop the sale of counterfeit coach products on the street.

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