Feb 28, 2017
The American Bridal & Prom Industry Association continues with its aggressive litigation efforts against counterfeit websites.
In November 2016, ABPIA filed its seventh lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, naming 100 new sites involved in the unlawful use of ABPIA members’ images and trademarks.
After successfully securing a temporary restraining order, ABPIA then secured a full preliminary injunction from the Court in January 2017, which enjoined the website owners from marketing and selling counterfeit and “knockoff ” dresses.
It also: 1) froze the PayPal merchant accounts of the web- sites; 2) directed the registrars of the domains to disable them and transfer them to ABPIA’s control; and 3) ordered any Internet service providers and third-party payment providers to provide ABPIA with information to assist it in its continued prosecution of the counterfeiters.
ABPIA has now successfully sued more than 1,500 websites selling fake dresses using the protected images and trademarks of ABPIA members.
As 2017 progresses, it intends to file still more lawsuits against websites identified as sellers of counterfeit products by the association’s forensic team. For more information on the ABPIA or to become a member, visit ABPIA.org.
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