U.S. News | Volvo Wins $2m Copyright Suit against China-based entities

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Last year ended with victory for Volvo as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia awarded Volvo $2 million in damages for counterfeit accessories sold by anonymous China-based entities.

The court also ordered PayPal to transfer any funds held by the defendants to the auto company.

According to the order, the court stated that the goods were intended to fit original Volvo Car automobiles and often bore genuine Volvo product numbers.

Volvo reportedly said that the counterfeiter’s goods were cheap, low quality imitations of its genuine products and were sold on various e-commerce sites, including eBay.

The court ordered PayPal to release all funds held in accounts linked to the counterfeit goods as partial payment of the $2 million award while also instructing PayPal to identify and close any new accounts linked to the defendants within two days, upon receipt of a notice by Volvo.

It will be recalled that Volvo initially filed the suit in July 2019 and submitted a motion for default judgment.

Following the suit, a report was filed by Magistrate judge Michael Nachmanoff in November 2019 recommending that the motion be granted.

The case is ongoing.

Volvo Trademark Holding AB et al v. The Unincorporated Associations Identified in Schedule A

Judge:Liam O’Grady
Court:Virginia Eastern District Court
Case #:1:19-cv-00974
Nature of Suit:Trademark
Cause:Trademark Infringement
Case Filed:Jul 25, 2019
Terminated: Dec 30, 2019
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