Tiffany Claims Victory in Counterfeiting Suit

A Federal Court in New York ordered Starglam Inc. and its principal, John Shamir, to pay Tiffany & Co. $956,793.15 and to stop counterfeiting or infringing on the Tiffany name and trademark, the luxury jeweler said in a statement Monday.

The ruling was issued by Judge George B. Daniels of the U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York. Tiffany in its statement said it has already been paid in full. Shamir had previously pled guilty to charges of trademark counterfeiting and has served his sentence.

“We are pleased to announce this judgment,” said Michael Kowalski, chairman and chief executive officer of Tiffany. “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.”

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

Starglam sold the counterfeits on the Internet, including on eBay. Tiffany said it has a civil action awaiting trial in 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.

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