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A former Hermès employee has been ordered to pay the luxury company $7.5 million dollars "for the alleged sale of four fake Birkin bags." The woman was accused of trademark infringement after it was discovered that she was passing off fake Birkins as real to customers, selling the knock-offs for more than even the genuine articles were worth. "The $7.5 million fine is the largest award ever for trademark infringement." [WWD, subscription req]