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Judge Awards Polo Subsidiary $1M

NEW YORK — Polo Ralph Lauren subsidiary PRL USA Holdings Inc. is finding success in its case against Broadway retailers selling counterfeit Polo shirts, with a federal judge awarding the company damages totaling $1 million.<BR><BR>U.S. District...

NEW YORK — Polo Ralph Lauren subsidiary PRL USA Holdings Inc. is finding success in its case against Broadway retailers selling counterfeit Polo shirts, with a federal judge awarding the company damages totaling $1 million.

U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in November issued two judgments, each against unrelated companies operating on Broadway in Manhattan. Both judgments were reached on consent between the parties. However, the rulings were not filed in the court system until Monday.

Buchwald signed the first consent judgment on Nov. 10, ordering a permanent injunction against Global Designer Apparel Ltd. and its principals, Fred Marashi and Ali Rafiei-Tehrani, barring the sale of counterfeit Polo shirts. The judge also awarded PRL $500,000 in damages. Judge Buchwald issued a similar injunction and $500,000 damage award against Fashion Apparel Industries Inc. and its principal, Ramin Arasheben, on Nov. 29.

Global Designer Apparel’s lawyer declined to comment on the ruling, as did lawyers for Fashion Apparel Industries Inc.

The rulings are part of a larger case that PRL filed in August that named more than a dozen defendants, all of whom operated out of locations on or near Broadway from 34th Street to 42nd Street.

According to an amended complaint filed on Aug. 25, PRL alleged violations on seven counts, including federal trademark counterfeiting and infringement, false designation of origin and unlawful deceptive acts and practices.

Most recently, Buchwald issued a preliminary injunction based on consent against Ashley Reed Trading Inc. on Dec. 15. Ashley Reed Trading, another named defendant in PRL’s August lawsuit, operated out of a location on West 39th Street. Lawyers for Ashley Reed Trading could not be reached for comment by press time.