FORT WAYNE – Local handbag designer and manufacturer Vera Bradley sued an Illinois shop for allegedly selling their products on eBay rather than in the store.
Filed this month in Allen Superior Court, the lawsuit names Cheshire Cat Ltd. and its owner, Sherri Comstock, as defendants.
According to court documents, Comstock began buying products from Vera Bradley in 2001 for resale in the store in Grayslake, which is northwest of Chicago. As part of the agreement with Vera Bradley, the retail shop agreed to sell the products only in the store and not on the Internet or the online auction site eBay.
At some point, Comstock and the store began to order more Vera Bradley products than they intended to sell in the store and sold it online, according to the lawsuit.
Vera Bradley accuses Comstock of using a variety of assumed names to conceal the resale activities from the company, which did not find out about the sales until 2011.
Attorneys for Vera Bradley said Cheshire Cat Ltd. owes Vera Bradley more than $466,000 for goods ordered and received and continues to sell the items on eBay.
Vera Bradley is seeking damages, costs and an injunction prohibiting Cheshire Cat from selling the items online, according to the lawsuit.
Attempts to reach Comstock were unsuccessful. Vera Bradley officials declined to comment on pending litigation.