Burberry awarded £63 million damages in counterfeit case
Burberry, the iconic luxury clothing brand, has been awarded £63 million in damages by a US court in a judgement case against Chinese internet counterfeiters.
The defendants, who operated the websites yesburberryvision.com and buyburberry.com, were found to be selling at least 22 different types of Burberry trademarks online.
The case was originally filed in January at Manhattan Federal Court but has only been resolved now after months of waiting for the defendants to answer the complaint. However, the defendants never responded to the accusations nor did they appear in court.
The judge awarded Burberry $100 million with the brand being given the right to intercept any associated monies held by payment service provider, PayPal Inc. The brand also won a permanent injunction against the sites with the order that the domain names be transferred to Burberry.
The award echoes a case won by Hermes last month in which the brand was awarded approximately £63 million after it took legal action against 34 counterfeit websites.
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