According to sfgate.com, A Federal Court in New York just awarded Hermes International $100 million dollars in damages against 34 websites that sold fake copies of its goods.
The fake goods were for “at least nine Hermes products including Birkin and Kelly handbags, wallets, watches, belts and jewelry”.
Some of the websites were:
“If plaintiffs discover new domain names registered by the defendants containing one or more of the Hermes trademarks or marks confusingly similar thereto plaintiffs may bring the additional infringing domain names to the court’s attention,” Cote said.
The court also ordered that any money held by PayPal Inc. to be given to Hermes and ordered Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) and merchant account providers, as well as third-party processors and search engines including Google Inc., Microsoft Corp.’s Bing and Yahoo! Inc., to immediately stop providing services to the defendants or links to their sites.
The judge also directed social media companies including Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. to “de-index” and remove from any search pages links to the infringing defendants.
The order to the search engines and to the social networking companies to de-index the sites is an interesting one.
The case is Hermes International v. John Doe, 12-CV-1623, Southern District of New York.