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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.

[Image via Mr Blue/WENN.]

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Gucci Is The Biggest Loser In GUESS Trademark Lawsuit

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A judgement was finally made yesterday in the three year bitter trademark battle between Gucci and GUESS.

As you may recall Gucci sought $221 million in damages, but a federal judge only awarded them $4.7 million, making GUESS the real winner in this case.

In the 104 page opinion, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin wrote

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David LaChapelle's Lawsuit Against Rihanna Is Going To Trial!

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Fashion photographer David LaChapelle will get his day in court after a New York City judge ruled he can continue pursuing his lawsuit against Rihanna.

US District Judge Shira Scheindlin noticed the similarities between LaChapelle's images and those allegedly recreated in RiRi's S&M music video.

However, it wasn't a complete win for the photographer.

The only thing LaChapelle can sue for is copyright violation. The other claims of trade-dress infringement, unfair competition and unjust enrichment were all dismissed.

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