NEW YORK — The North Face Apparel Corp. was granted a summary judgment and $7 million in damages in a counterfeit lawsuit on Jan. 30.
The suit, filed in Los Angeles federal court, alleged that Michael Chu, TGI Industries Inc., T. Glenn International Corp., Shanghai Apparel Group Inc. and Bestvalue International Inc., part of a multilateral counterfeit ring, sold goods bearing counterfeits of The North Face trademarks.
According to court documents, the defendants allegedly asked a factory in China to manufacture counterfeit goods that they then sold in the U.S. The defendants allegedly claimed they were manufacturing apparel “inspired by” The North Face products for another company, according to the judgment. “Accordingly, TAC [The North Face Apparel Corp.] has established as a matter of law that [the] defendants have willfully counterfeited its products and marks,” says the summary judgment written by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer.
The initial complaint was filed May 16, 2005, against a number of other defendants in addition to those named in the summary judgment. Other portions of the case were already resolved.
The defendants named in the judgment had neither consented to the motion or offered opposition to it as of press time. The North Face has 15 days to submit a proposed judgment to the court, according to court documents.
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