02 Jul. 2010
UGG COUNTERFEITERS FACE JAIL TIMECriminal sentences by a Federal Court Justice in Australia were handed to three members of a counterfeit ring who were found guilty of faking thousands of pairs of UGG Boots and selling them over eBay in the US, UK and elsewhere.
Justice Tracey sentenced the members to terms ranging between two months and three years for what he called “one of the worse cases of contempt to come before this Court.”
The Court found in April the members in criminal contempt for deliberately and voluntarily breaching earlier Court orders.
The sentencing follows a civil ruling in November 2009, in which Justice Tracey awarded Deckers Outdoor Corp. AUD 7.65 million, or $7 million, in damages and costs for trademark and copyright infringement and passing off.
The June decision also follows multiple six-figure judgments awarded by US courts to Deckers against US dealers found selling counterfeit UGGs online.
Deckers, which maintains an aggressive counterfeit enforcement program, last year terminated over 20,000 eBay auctions and tens of thousands of listings on other e-commerce sites suspected of offering fakes. In 2009, it shut down over 2,500 websites selling counterfeit UGG, the vast majority of which were based in China. During that same year, customs seized more than 60,000 pairs of counterfeit UGG boots from various countries, including Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Ireland, the UK and the US.
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