By  on October 17, 2013

Gucci America Inc. on Wednesday was awarded $144.2 million in damages by a federal district court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., against several organizations engaged in an online counterfeiting scheme.

The federal court also ordered the immediate surrender to Gucci of 155 domain names used in the counterfeiting operation. According to Gucci, the targeted domain names “employed such tactics as copying campaign advertisements, product images and descriptions from official Web sites, as well as using ‘Gucci’ in the domain name,” all designed to “deceive online consumers.”

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