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Louis Vuittion Complaint

Louis Vuittion Complaint

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTSOUTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CASE NO.LOUIS VUITTON MALLETIER, S.A,Plaintiff,v.THE PARTNERSHIPS and UNINCORPORATEDASSOCIATIONS IDENTIFIED ON SCHEDULE“A” and DOES 1-1000,Defendants. _________________________________________/
 
COMPLAINT FOR INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
Plaintiff, Louis Vuitton Malletier, S.A., (“Plaintiff” or “Louis Vuitton”) hereby suesDefendants, the Partnerships and Unincorporated Associations Identified on Schedule “A” andDoes 1-1000 (collectively “Defendants”). Defendants are promoting, selling, offering for saleand distributing goods bearing counterfeits and confusingly similar imitations of Plaintiff’strademarks within this judicial district through various fully interactive Internet websites andsupporting blogs operating under their partnership and/or business association names identifiedon Schedule “A” hereto (the “Subject Domain Names”). In support of its claims, Plaintiff allegesas follows:
JURISDICTION AND VENUE
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This is an action pursuant to 15 U.S.C. §§ 1114, 1116, 1121, and 1125(a) and (d).Accordingly, this Court has subject matter jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1338.2.
 
Venue is proper in this Court pursuant 28 U.S.C. § 1391, and this Court may properly exercise personal jurisdiction over Defendants since all Defendants directly target business activities towards consumers in Florida and cause harm to Louis Vuitton’s business
Case 1:12-cv-21778-PAS Document 1 Entered on FLSD Docket 05/10/2012 Page 1 of 33
 
 2within this District through, at least, various fully interactive Internet websites, including thoseoperating under the Subject Domain Names. Defendants have also advertised and, uponinformation and belief, made sales and shipped infringing products into this judicial district.
THE PLAINTIFF
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Louis Vuitton is a corporation organized under the laws of the Republic of Francewith its principal place of business located in the Paris, France. Louis Vuitton operates boutiquesthroughout the world, including within this Judicial District. Louis Vuitton is, in part, engaged inthe business of manufacturing and distributing throughout the world, including within thisJudicial District, a variety of high quality luxury goods, including, but not limited to, handbags,wallets, shoes, belts, sunglasses, watches, and jewelry, under multiple world famous commonlaw and Federally registered trademarks including those identified in Paragraph 13 below. LouisVuitton offers for sale and sells its trademarked goods within this Judicial District. Defendants’sales of counterfeit and infringing Louis Vuitton branded products are causing damage to LouisVuitton within this Jurisdiction.4.
 
Like many other famous trademark owners in the luxury goods sector, LouisVuitton suffers ongoing daily and sustained violations of its trademark rights at the hands of counterfeiters and infringers, such as the Defendants herein, who wrongfully reproduce andcounterfeit Louis Vuitton’s trademarks for the twin purposes of (i) duping and confusing theconsuming public and (ii) earning substantial profits. The natural and intended byproduct of Defendants’ actions is the erosion and destruction of the overall luxury goods marketplace inwhich Louis Vuitton operates and the goodwill associated with the Louis Vuitton name andassociated trademarks and the destruction of the legitimate market sector in which they operate.
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In order to combat the indivisible harm caused by the combined actions of Defendants and others engaging in similar conduct, each year Louis Vuitton expends millions of dollars in connection with trademark enforcement efforts, including legal fees, investigative fees,and support mechanisms for law enforcement, such as field training guides and seminars. Therecent explosion of counterfeiting over the Internet has created an environment which requiresLouis Vuitton to file a massive number of lawsuits, often it later turns out, against the sameindividuals and groups, in order to protect both consumers and itself from the ill effects of confusion and the erosion of the goodwill connected to the Louis Vuitton brand. The financial burden on Louis Vuitton and companies similarly situated is staggering, as is the resulting burden on the Federal court system.
THE DEFENDANTS
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Defendants are partnerships or unincorporated business associations whichoperate through domain names registered with registrars in multiple countries and are comprisedof individuals and/or business entities of unknown makeup, many of whom likely reside and/or operate in the People’s Republic of China or other foreign jurisdictions with lax trademark enforcement systems. Defendants have the capacity to be sued pursuant to Federal Rule of CivilProcedure 17(b). Defendants target their business activities towards consumers throughout theUnited States, including within this Judicial District through the operation of the fully interactivecommercial websites operating under the Subject Domain Names identified on Schedule “A”hereto. Multiple Defendants also operate blog style websites under some of the Subject Domain Names which provide support and direct customer traffic to the fully interactive websitesoperating under the other Subject Domain Names. Defendants are directly and personallycontributing to, inducing and engaging in the sale of counterfeit products as alleged herein, often
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