By  on March 30, 2012

True Religion Apparel Inc. has scored a historic nine-digit victory in its battle against cybersquatting counterfeiters operating out of China.

In a default judgment, Judge Harold Baer Jr. of the Southern District of New York awarded True Religion, the Vernon, Calif.-based domestic jeans marketer, a total of $863.9 million as 106 different defendants were hit with damages of $8.15 million each, with all held liable for four counts of willful trademark counterfeiting, carrying the maximum statutory penalty of $2 million each, and a fifth charge of copyright infringement, carrying the maximum statutory charge of $150,000. The 282 Web sites operated by the network, with names as varied as truereligionjeansweb.com and cheapjeansoutlet.com, were ordered disabled and their domain names transferred to True Religion.

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