Coach Inc. scored a $44 million judgment against a U.S.-based mother-and-daughter duo operating Web sites advertising and selling counterfeit Coach handbags.
The case, which was filed in Manhattan federal court, stands out from similar Internet counterfeiting suits because the defendants, Linda and Courtney Allen, reside in Syosset, N.Y. Typically, these cases involve foreign-based Web operators who are difficult to track down.
In her decision, presiding Judge Colleen McMahon said Thursday that the defendants had violated Coach’s trademarks on 11 types of goods for a total of 22 separate infringements. In addition to awarding the handbag maker a hefty multimillion-dollar judgment, she granted Coach a permanent injunction, shutting down the defendants’ infringing Web sites, Bellafashions.net and MyClassyFashion.com.
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