Just when you thought the good guys never win, Tiffany & Co. is awarded nearly $1 million in a trademark counterfeiting lawsuit.
The lawsuit, filed in May 2003 alleged the defendants were
selling counterfeit silver Tiffany merchandise. Some of the alleged
infringing goods were purchased in Asia and on Canal Street in
Manhattan. In addition, some of the offending merchandise
was sold on eBay, said Tiffany, which has a civil
action against eBay pending in a Manhattan federal court. The luxury
retailer filed suit against the auction site in 2004 for alleged
contributory trademark infringement.
to Tiffany as reported by WWD, Judge George B. Daniels barred Starglam
Inc. and its principal, Yaniv Shamir, also known as John Shamir, from
counterfeiting or infringing on the Tiffany name and trademarks. Shamir
previously pled guilty to trademark counterfeiting charges, and has
served his sentence.
A consent judgment for $956,793.15 was entered on Friday. Tiffany said in
a statement that the award has "already been paid in full."
are pleased to announce this judgment. Trademark counterfeiting
severely damages brand owners and consumers alike. The way to stop it
is to take aggressive action against the counterfeiters and make them
pay, criminally as well as civilly," said Michael Kowalski, Tiffany’s
chairman and chief executive officer.