By  on May 7, 2007

Cartier International B.V. won an $18 million judgment against defendants in a major trademark infringement lawsuit, according to court documents. According to sources familiar with the sealed case, the judgment, entered on April 24 in Manhattan federal court, specifically found a group of shippers affiliated with a counterfeit ring guilty of direct and intentional counterfeiting. Typically shippers of goods are charged with contributory infringement, versus direct involvement. Judge Joseph P. Griesa signed the order for the judgment and permanent injunction against Speedy Shipping Services, Huy Lu and Tony Lu. The judgment dealt with the last open set of claims against a related group of defendants that has been ongoing since 2002. The other defendants in the case either settled or had judgments rendered against them, said the source close to the case.

Louis Vuitton Malletier filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against Shlomo Swissa, Energetic By Bag and Shlomo Swissa Enterprises Corp. in federal court in Miami. Louis Vuitton Malletier alleged that the defendants sold merchandise bearing infringements and counterfeits of its trademarks and attempted to file federal trademark applications for marks that infringe on its existing registrations. The luxury goods manufacturer filed claims of trademark infringement and counterfeiting and unfair competition, and asked the court to cancel the Swissa trademarks. Louis Vuitton Malletier asked for preliminary and permanent injunctions, financial damages and attorney's fees. The defendants could not be reached for comment.

Anna Sui Corp. filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Forever 21, Forever 21 Retail and Forever 21 Logistics and Do Won Chang for allegedly selling numerous women's clothing pieces that infringed on Anna Sui trademarks. According to court documents filed in Manhattan federal court on April 23, "Sui determined that defendants [Forever 21 and the other entities named] had copied numerous of Sui's most recent Sui Designs and that defendants had made an ongoing practice of copying from a number of recent collections since at least late 2005." The complaint includes allegations of copyright infringement, unfair competition and false designation, and unlawful trade practices. Anna Sui asked the court for a permanent injunction, unspecified damages and attorney's costs against the defendants. Forever 21 did not respond to requests for comment.

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