The Japanese Fair Trade Commission has thrown out a claim made by luxury group Coach Inc that rival company LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton had been carrying out harassment and anti-competitive practices in Japan.

Coach filed a complaint in Tokyo in March describing a pattern of conduct going back over the previous year, in which LVMH was alleged to have engaged in inappropriate and threatening behaviour by exerting pressure on common business partners.

Commission representatives concluded from that probe that, although LVMH had attempted to pressure Coach's retail partners in Japan, the department stores used their independent judgment regarding all sales space and were not influenced by LVMH's behaviour.

Coach had admitted at the time of filing the complaint that it had not suffered any material damages, but said it had asked for an investigation to be made into the company's behaviour.

Following the commission's decision, Coach's chairman and chief executive Lew Frankfort said that its goal had been to put out a message that it "will not tolerate any actions that limit consumer choice".