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A shop chain has been ordered to pay £25,000 damages for infringing Harris Tweed registered marks.

The Harris Tweed Authority (HTA) won a legal battle against Tartan House of Scotland which operates seven shops shops in the central belt including Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling.

The HTA launched a civil action in the Court of Session, claiming the company was using the Harris Tweed brand name and famous Orb mark without permission, giving the false impression the Harris Tweed Authority was in some way associated with the outlets.

HTA lawyers, Burness Paull, had previously sent cease and desist letters to the shop’s parent firm, Cashmere  and Tartans Ltd but no response was received.

The court issued an order requiring the retail chain to stop contravening the registered marks.

The court order also prevents the firm from suggesting their retail services are connected to or authorised by the HTA, or from passing off goods as Harris Tweed.

The shops have to pay the HTA’s legal expenses.

Lorna Macaulay, chief executive of the Harris Tweed Authority said: “We believe the outcome of this case was the correct one.

“It has taken generations to build Harris Tweed into the global success that it is today, and it is imperative that we safeguard it for future generations to enjoy.”

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