Harry Styles has had it with online crooks pretending to sell his official merchandise online, so he’s taking them to court. His lawyers filed a lawsuit against online sellers on Tuesday in a Chicago federal court (10.01.23) in an attempt to stop the sale of unauthorized merchandise proliferating on the internet.
It is said that the fake merch products have been listed on legitimate online marketplaces such as Etsy and Amazon. The lawsuit states that the items make it “difficult for consumers to distinguish such stores from an authorized retailer.” Harry Styles is just one of many artists and brands trying to protect fans and consumers against unauthorized sellers, in an effort to combat knockoff products being bought and sold online.
It’s not clear who Harry is suing in particular, but detailing the specific sellers would undermine the legal action. The star’s lawyers explained: ‘If defendants were to learn of these proceedings prematurely, the likely result would be the destruction of relevant documentary evidence and the hiding or transferring of assets to foreign jurisdictions.” The lawsuit stated: ‘Plaintiff is forced to file this action to combat defendants’ counterfeiting of its registered trademarks, as well as to protect unknowing consumers from purchasing counterfeit products over the Internet.’