Alibaba says it has sued two vendors for selling fake Swarovski watches on its online platform Taobao, marking the first time the Chinese e-commerce giant has taken legal action over counterfeit goods.

A lawsuit was filed in the Shenzend Longgang People’s district court against sellers Liu Huajun and Wang Shenyi, asking for 1.4 million yuan (US$201,613) for “violation of contract and goodwill”, Alibaba said.