By  on September 1, 2009

A federal jury on Friday handed a $32.4 million victory to LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton when it found that two service providers that hosted Web sites selling fake goods shared responsibility with the actual counterfeiters.

After two days of deliberations in U.S. District Court in San Jose, Calif., an eight-member jury found that Akanoc Solutions Inc. and Managed Solutions Group Inc., and Steven Chen, manager of the two firms, were liable for contributory trademark and copyright infringement. It awarded the luxury house $32.4 million in statutory damages.

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