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Tiffany Wins Trademark Suit

A federal district court judge in Manhattan awarded Tiffany nearly $1 million in a trademark counterfeiting lawsuit.

NEW YORK — A federal district court judge in Manhattan awarded Tiffany nearly $1 million in a trademark counterfeiting lawsuit.

According to the luxury jewelry retailer, Judge George B. Daniels barred Starglam Inc. and its principal, Yaniv Shamir, also known as John Shamir, from counterfeiting or infringing on the Tiffany name and trademarks. Shamir previously pled guilty to trademark counterfeiting charges, and has served his sentence, Tiffany said.

According to court records, a consent judgment for $956,793.15 was entered on August 3. Tiffany said in a statement that the award has “already been paid in full.”

Shamir could not be reached for comment. Calls to his attorney were not answered by press time.

“We are pleased to announce this judgment. Trademark counterfeiting severely damages brand owners and consumers alike. The way to stop it is to take aggressive action against the counterfeiters and make them pay, criminally as well as civilly,” said Michael Kowalski, Tiffany’s chairman and CEO, in a statement.

Tiffany filed a lawsuit in May 2003 against the defendants alleging that they were selling counterfeit silver Tiffany merchandise. Some of the alleged infringing goods were purchased in Asia and on Canal Street in Manhattan. In addition, Starglam sold some of the offending merchandise on the Internet, including eBay, Tiffany said. Tiffany also has a civil action against eBay pending in a Manhattan federal court. The luxury retailer filed suit against the auction site in 2004 for alleged contributory trademark infringement.