GUCCI AMERICA, CHLOE WIN CASE: A federal judge in Manhattan has issued a consent judgment ordering the operators of a Web site that sold counterfeit goods to pay Gucci America Inc. and Chloé SAS $5.2 million. According to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Dec. 15, Jennifer Marie Kirk and Patrick Kirk did business online as Thebagaddiction.com. In a complaint filed in June, the two luxury brands accused the California residents of selling counterfeits to the public and for resale as wholesalers through the Web site. According to the consent judgment, which is typically rendered when both sides agree to the judge’s ruling to end further litigation, the defendants never answered the initial complaint. In addition to the monetary judgment, Judge Lewis Kaplan granted Gucci and Chloé an injunction, barring the defendants from further trading in counterfeit products bearing the companies’ names or marks. The Web site is no longer in operation. The attorney for the Kirks declined comment.
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