Alexander Wang was awarded $90 million in damages against his brand’s counterfeiters.
Of course, it is unlikely the designer will ever be able to recover the damages since the owners of the domain names are almost impossible to trace.
The judge found that the defendants had purposely concealed their identities and failed to comply with previous injunctions.
The judgment was ruled under the Trademark Counterfeiting Act in United States District Court, S.D. New York.
The case involved at least 45 defendants operating 459 websites that sold fake Alexander Wang apparel and accessories. As part of the ruling, the domain names were locked and transferred to Alexander Wang and the defendants’ assets were frozen.
The domain names will likely be the only addition to Wang’s portfolios from this case.
Internet counterfeiters are notoriously difficult to find. Websites selling counterfeit goods are registered under false names and other fake information.
These counterfeiters are virtually impossible to track down.