By  on August 25, 2009

A federal judge last week awarded more than $400,000 in damages to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in a five-year-old trademark case over its Epi Leather trademark.

The luxury house filed the suit in January 2004 alleging Carducci Leather Fashions Inc., a New York retailer, had sold counterfeit handbags bearing Louis Vuitton trademarks.

As the case proceeded, however, the company discovered another firm, Bonini Italian Handbags Inc., supplied the items and added it as a defendant.

Louis Vuitton and Carducci settled in 2006. According to court documents, Bonini never answered the allegations and the court eventually entered a default judgment against the company.

Bonini could not be reached for comment Friday.

In a July report on the case, Magistrate Judge Frank Maas wrote because of Bonini’s refusal to participate in the case, it was impossible to determine the scope of its counterfeiting operation.

As such, the judge recommended that Louis Vuitton be awarded $100,000 in damages per trademark infringed, or $400,000, as well as $5,568.14 in attorneys’ fees and costs.

Judge John Keenan adopted the recommendations and closed the case in an Aug. 19 ruling in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

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