NEW YORK — Accessories designer Barry Kieselstein Cord has been awarded a default judgment of $722,051 in a counterfeiting case involving two stores that he charges copied his designs and infringed his trademark.
The judgment was awarded by U.S. Judge Clarkson S. Fisher, for the District of New Jersey.
The two defendants, Ethel Schultz, owner of a West End, N.J., store called Elements by Schultz, and Barbara Ellick, owner of a Narberth, Pa., store called Barbara Ellick Antique & Contemporary Jewelry, were sued by Kieselstein Cord, who charged they sold counterfeit versions of belt buckles and jewelry bearing the designer’s trademarked name. Contacted at her store, Ellick said she had no knowledge of the suit itself. She did say that she had purchased some inexpensive belt buckles from a vendor on Canal Street here last year, and had later received a call from Kieselstein Cord’s office requesting that she return them to that vendor.
Schultz could not be reached for comment.
“In the last two to three years, we’ve brought more than 100 cases in the belt area alone,” said Kieselstein Cord, adding that this case involves one of the largest amounts his firm has ever received in settlements or court awards.