As SheFinds first reported yesterday, Cartier has sued flash sale site HauteLook for more than $2 million over the web site's selling of allegedly secondhand and possibly inauthentic merchandise.
HauteLook has always claimed that everything sold on their site is new, and obtained through direct relationships with the brands they feature--which includes Cartier. However, in court documents Cartier denies any such relationship with the site and SheFinds is reporting that the luxury goods maker filed suit after going undercover to purchase some of their own items and allegedly receiving them in less-than-pristine condition.
The lawsuit (available to read here) states that as part of the misrepresentation, HauteLook has sold secondhand Cartier items in incorrect and damaged packaging and have failed to inform customers that, despite the inclusion of a warranty manual with HauteLook purchases, Cartier items from the site are, in fact, not backed by the manufacturer's warranty.
Hautelook has yet to officially respond to the allegations, but we also noticed that, as it happens, Billion Dollar Babes, (another sample sale site) is hosting a Cartier sale today -- let's just hope they were careful.