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Levi Strauss & Co. officials believe they have uncovered a $100 million counterfeit blue jean operation in DeSoto.
In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Dallas, Levi Strauss charges DeSoto-based Unibond Corp. and its affiliated companies with being the organizers of a counterfeit jeans ring that is buying high-quality fake Levi jeans from a firm in the People's Republic of China and selling them in Europe and Japan.
The lawsuit, the first such counterfeit case filed in the United States by San Francisco-based Levi Strauss, is the result of the company's continuing multimillion-dollar crackdown on a fast-growing counterfeit clothing problem.
"We've seen this explosion of counterfeit jeans coming out of (China)," said Levi Strauss spokesman Dave Samson. "We're aggressively going after these guys."
According to court documents, papers found during government raids on Chinese manufacturing plants stated …