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Michael Kors Wins Against Counterfeit Websites!

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And another cybersquatter bites the dust.

Michael Kors has emerged victorious in his counterfeit lawsuit against 35 websites selling infringing products with the brand's trademark!

Judge Shira Scheindlin (remember her?) awarded the designer $2.4 million, which is peanuts compared to UGG Australia and Burberry, but the important thing is that it’s another step to shutting down the counterfeiters!

Joseph Gioconda, the attorney representing this case and others like it, said of the legal win:

"Basically, as these cases have progressed, the defendants are consistently not cooperating with the courts. The courts have found that they are not participating in the process in any way. The damages award is largely a symbolic gesture… The more stuff counterfeiters can throw up on the Web, the harder it is for the brand owner. They have more resources, more people and more time. The brand owner is in a very difficult position. It gets to the point where they throw up their hands and want to give up, but they can’t do that."

We’re glad Mr. Kors refused to back down and won the battle, even if it's a relatively small one.

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UGG Australia Wins $686 Million From Websites Selling Fakes

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UGG Australia has scored another mayjah victory in their ongoing battle with online retailers selling fUGGs!

A judge recently awarded Deckers Outdoor Corp. $686 million from two lawsuits filed against more than 3,000 China-based websites hawking the counterfeit UGG products.

The funds were seized through hundreds of financial accounts held by the counterfeit sites, including PayPal, which is a big deal in and of itself since it's nearly impossible to collect from overseas merchants.

Judge Ronald Guzman also granted Deckers a permanent injunction against the fake domains, meaning they can fire off notices of contempt to defendants via email if they find they're conducting shady business elsewhere on the net.

You've been warned fUGG sellers!

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True Religion Wins BIG In Cyber Counterfeit Case!

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True Religion has scored a HUGE and historic legal victory against cyber-criminals selling fake TR merch on the websites like truereligionjeansweb.com and cheapjeansoutlet.com.

In a default judgment, the high-end denim company was awarded $8.15 million from each of the 106 defendants for a grand total of $863.9 million.

They most likely won't be seeing all that ca$$$h BUT, there are still HUGE non-monetary benefits from the outcome.

Deborah Greaves, the General Council for True Religion said:

“For one thing, we’re no longer chasing our tails over 282 bogus Web sites, and we’re pleased that we were able to send a message to people operating on the fringes of the electronic frontier. And it’s also important to us that we don’t have U.S. consumers, who were the targets of these sites, being duped because they wanted our brand. People can go back and attempt to get started again, but with a judgment against them, it’s going to be a lot harder to find registries that are willing to touch them.”

All of the China-based sites have now been disabled, and their domain names transferred to True Religion.

Just one MORE example that crime doesn’t pay!!

Good for you, True!

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