Hermes wins USD100m from counterfeiters

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Hermés has won US$100 million (£61.38m) in damages after it sued 34 websites for selling fake Hermés goods, including counterfeit watches.

The case was fought in the US and the court ruled against the websites, which did not turn up to court to represent themselves.

The websites touting fake Hermés goods, which had names such as Hermesoutletstore.com, were found guilty of federal trademark counterfeiting and infringement.

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The sites had ignored previous temporary orders from the US judicial system banning them from selling the counterfeit items.

The court rules that now liquidated PayPal accounts held by the websites will be tapped to provide Hermés with the financial damages it has won.

US district judge Denise Cote also ruled that websites including Google and Twitter should be banned from supporting the listed sites.

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