LOS ANGELES -- Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today filed lawsuits against two international apparel manufacturers for gaining an unfair competitive advantage over American companies by using pirated software in the production of clothing imported and sold in California.
The companies, based in China and India, did not pay licensing fees for software, including products manufactured by Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec and others. The complaints allege that the foreign apparel manufacturers who have not paid software licensing fees have a significant cost advantage in the low-margin business of apparel manufacturing, shipment and sales.
“Companies across the globe should be on notice that they will be held accountable in California for stealing our intellectual property,” Attorney General Harris said. “This is an anticompetitive practice which harms our state’s economy and is illegal. These lawsuits go after overseas companies whose unlawful actions are eroding California’s garment industry and placing California companies who legally pay for computer software at a disadvantage.”
The lawsuits, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, charge Pratibha Syntex Ltd. of India and Ningbo Beyond Home Textile Co. Ltd., and its sister companies, of China with violating California’s Unfair Competition Law. Since 2010, the Ningbo Companies shipped approximately 713,000 pounds of apparel products into California. Pratibha has shipped more than 19,000 pounds into the state.
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