Tina Cavalleri and Mark Glinoga filed the complaint against the brand in a federal court in Northern California, claiming that the brand implemented “a scheme to exploit the market power” of its Birkin bags by “requiring consumers to purchase other, ancillary products before they will be given an opportunity to purchase” the Birkin.

Specifically, the lawsuit claims that Hermès violates Section 2 of the Sherman Act, which prohibits “monopolis[ation] of] any part of the trade or commerce among the several states, or with foreign nations.”

They also accuse the company of breaching California state statutes, which prohibit the “combination” of resources by two or more persons to restrain trade or commerce, or to prevent market competition.

The plaintiffs are seeking monetary damages of an unknown amount as well as injunctive relief. Hermès operates eight stores in the state of California.

Source: The Fashion Law