October 8, 2003
Tiffany Wins Damages in Counterfeiting Suit
Tiffany & Co. was awarded damages by a New York District Court of $573,818.64 from the owners of a Web site that sold counterfeit Tiffany merchandise.
The site, finest4less.com is now inactive, but peddled at least 28 different items, including jewelry and gifts, which represented violations of four Tiffany & Co. trademarks, says Linda Buckley, Tiffany's manager of publicity. Tiffany sent a cease-and-desist letter in February and followed up with a lawsuit in April. Tiffany says the counterfeited merchandise sold was primarily silver jewelry.
Tiffany has an active campaign to prevent counterfeiting and trademark infringement. it's merchandise is only available from Tiffany & Co. stores, boutiques, catalogs and its Web site. It does not offer its goods for resale in the U.S., nor are there over-runs or off-price outlets.
by Michael Thompson