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Tiffany Wins Suit

Oct 1, 2007

Tiffany & Co. has prevailed in court against Starglam Inc., which it charged with selling Tiffany brand knockoffs online and, in retail stores. A federal court in New York entered a final judgment in favor of Tiffany & Co. and against Starglam Inc. and its principal owner.

The court enjoined Starglam from any further infringement of the Tiffany name and trademark. Under the judgment, the defendants paid Tiffany $950,000.

Starglam, which is based in New York, also was accused of distributing counterfeit silver Tiffany merchandise, some of which was purchased in Asia and some in New York. The government brought proceedings against the seller, who was prosecuted and convicted.

The principal owner of Starglam had previously pled guilty to charges of trademark counterfeiting and has served his sentence, Tiffany said. "We are pleased to announce this judgment," said Michael J. Kowalski, Tiffany's chairman and CEO.

"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. That's what happened in this case, which should send a message to anyone trying to sell counterfeit Tiffany merchandise," he added.

Starglam was charged with selling the counterfeits on the internet, including on eBay. Tiffany has a civil suit awaiting trial in a federal court in New York against eBay, because of the large amount of counterfeit Tiffany silver merchandise that has been sold on eBay auction sites, the luxury jewelry retailer has charged.

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