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Ugg wins counterfeit case against Dutch footwear firm

Ugg parent company, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, has won a lawsuit filed against it by Dutch footwear firm Intermedium Shoes.

Intermedium filed its complaint against Deckers after the lifestyle company took action against a retailer in Germany selling fake Bailey boots, which was manufactured and distributed by Intermedium.

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The Hague District court upheld Deckers’ patented design and ordered Intermedium to “cease and desist, immediately from producing, offering, marketing, importing, exporting or using” its counterfeit product or keeping it in stock.

The court also ordered Intermedium to pay a fine of €5,000 (£4,200) for each breach of the order, up to a maximum of €250,000 (£212,000)

Angel Martinez, president, chief executive and chairman of the board of directors at Deckers said: “Intermedium’s infringement and subsequent attempt to invalidate our long-standing Registered Community Design in the European Union illustrates the breadth and depth of the issues we face as an industry, when large and established companies attempt to skirt the law.”

Deckers’ director of brand protection Leah Evert-Burks added: “Deckers has been and will continue to be vigilant in protecting Ugg and our other brands from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers worldwide who attempt to trade on the Ugg brand name for their own benefit, in the process hurting both legitimate retailers and consumers.”

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