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Traders sue market owner in Beijing
April 15, 2009, 12:14 pm
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Beijing's Silk Market vendors are pressured to remove counterfeit goods from their stalls

Beijing's Silk Market vendors are pressured to remove counterfeit goods from their stalls

Traders in Beijing’s Silk Market have filed a joint lawsuit for more than $70,000 in lost earnings after being temporarily shut down during a clampdown on the selling of counterfeit goods.
Beijing Silk Street Market Co Ltd (SSM), which runs the mall, previously well known as a place to buy cheap designer knock-offs, imposed a seven-day closure on 29 stalls this year.
According to the Beijing Daily, the traders’ lawyer claimed a report highlighting the alleged offenders lacked the evidence to prove vendors were selling counterfeit goods.
Wang Zili, general manager of SSM, said: “We need more evidence to convince the vendors fair and square.” The market traders have demanded RMB 19,000 each in compensation. Their lawyer claimed the market did not have the proper authority to shut down the stalls, adding the order must come from the China Administration for Industry and Commerce.
The market moved to the five-floor mall from a shabby alleyway in 2005 as the administrators wanted to clear out fake goods and build it into a center for Chinese specialties before the Beijing Olympics last summer.

Source: China Daily

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