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Edited by on July 1 2011 at 7:55 AM

After employing private investigators to visit warehouses and  purchase fake handbags over the course of two years, Burberry and Louis Vuitton will receive a combined $2.5 million from three Canadian companies that knocked off their goods.

Burberry and Louis Vuitton Play To Catch a Counterfeiter with Canadians

Singga Enterprises Inc.Carnation Fashion Co. and Altec Productions were accused of manufacturing, importing and illegally selling handbags with the Louis Vuitton and Burberry logos. Singga was ordered to pay $850,000 and Altec $1.2 million to the luxury brands, while Carnation will pay $390,000.

Judge James Russell described this as an “egregious” case of trademark infringement and it couldn’t have come at a worse time, what with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visiting the Land of Canucks. What would Kate think? [WWD]

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