Estee Lauder Settles Fake Makeup Dispute With NetEase
Liao Shumin
DATE:  Apr 22 2019
/ SOURCE:  yicai
Estee Lauder Settles Fake Makeup Dispute With NetEase Estee Lauder Settles Fake Makeup Dispute With NetEase

(Yicai Global) April 22 -- NetEase and Estee Lauder's China unit have dropped  their respective cases against each other related to alleged counterfeit  make-up being sold on the internet giant's cross-border e-commerce  platform Kaola.

The pair have finally buried the hatchet and NetEase has dropped a related  defamation case made against the China Consumer Association, the  Hangzhou-based company said on Weibo on April 19. 

Publicly available information on China Judgements Online shows that Estee  Lauder Commercial dropped its own intellectual property infringement  suit against Kaola operators including Youmai Network Technology and  NetEase Network on March 19. 

The row between the pair emerged after a CCA survey last February found  that Estee Lauder's 15-milliliter Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged  Complex Synchronized Recovery sold on Kaola was counterfeit.

Kaola's operators subsequently filed a lawsuit against the CCA, Estee Lauder  Commercial and Estee Lauder Companies due to dissatisfaction over the  findings, requiring the defendants to delete the reports, issue a public  apology and pay CNY21 million (USD3.1 million) in compensation. 

The e-commerce platform maintained an aggressive stance on the claims for  over one year, publishing statements targeting the CCA and Estee Lauder  several times to demonstrate that the ingredients of the product  concerned had come from a third-party. Estee Lauder remained largely  silent on the matter. 

It is quite possible that Kaola got the products at a lower cost from  other sources abroad and sold them to consumers in the Chinese market,  according to an article from Wang Jian, a professor at Beijing's  University of International Business and Economics.

The dispute was essentially a battle over distribution channels between  online stores and physical outlets, stemming from conflicts between  conventional trading and cross-border retail e-commerce, state-backed  newspaper Beijing Business Today reported e-commerce research center  100EC Director Cao Lei as saying following the settlement. 

The two parties conflict severely in terms of their interests, he added,  and dropping the legal cases will bring some balance to the situation. 

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Keywords:   NetEase Kaola,Estee Lauder