MIAMI – A jeweler is suing several companies alleging they hacked the domain names of legitimate businesses and use the domains to route consumer traffic from search engines to a middleman domain.
Tiffany LLC filed a complaint on March 1 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against tiffany-xstore.com, emwatchsale.com, jewelrynicest.com, jewelrybestsale.com, tfmilanooutletb2016.com and tiffonyoutlet.it, citing alleged trademark infringement, unfair competition and cybersquatting.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it has suffered and will continue to suffer irreparable injury as a result of unauthorized and wrongful use of Tiffany Marks. The plaintiff holds the defendants responsible because they allegedly reproduced, promoted, distributed, sold and/or offering for sale counterfeit and infringing Tiffany-branded products.
The plaintiff seeks the following: a temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunctions enjoining defendants from using, manufacturing, importing, distributing and selling goods with Tiffany Marks; temporary, preliminary, and permanent injunctions enjoining defendants from participating in their Web-based illegal marketplace; compensation for all profits and damages resulting from trademark counterfeiting and infringing activities, statutory damages from each defendant in the amount of $2 million per each counterfeit trademark used and product sold, reasonable attorneys’ fees and investigative fees and for any further relief that the court may deem just and proper. The plaintiff is represented by Stephen M. Gaffigan, Virgilio Gigante and T. Raquel Rodriguez-Albizu of Stephen M. Gaffigan PA in Fort Lauderdale.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 0:16-cv-60399