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Otter Products, LLC, A Colorado Limited Liability Company v. Khwaja Gharib Nawaz

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


March 28, 2013

OTTER PRODUCTS, LLC, A COLORADO LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY, PLAINTIFF,
v.
KHWAJA GHARIB NAWAZ, LLC, A BUSINESS ENTITY OF UNKNOWN STATUS; AFZAL DAMANWALLA, AN INDIVIDUAL; AND DOES 1-10, INCLUSIVE, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. S. James Otero United States District Court Judge

PERMANENT INJUNCTION ORDER AGAINST DEFENDANTS KHWAJA GHARIB NAWAZ, LLC AND AFZAL DAMANWALLA Complaint Filed: May 14, 2012

Having reviewed the Stipulation to Issuance of Permanent Injunction entered into between Plaintiff OTTER PRODUCTS, LLC ("Plaintiff") and Defendants KHWAJA GHARIB NAWAZ, LLC and AFZAL DAMANWALLA ("Defendants"), and good cause appearing, the Court hereby finds as follows:

a. WHEREAS Plaintiff is the owner of numerous trademarks which it uses in connection with the manufacture, distribution, sale and promotion of a wide range of products, including high-quality protective cases, peripherals and accessories for portable electronic devices and computers. Plaintiff owns all rights in and to a family of federally registered trademarks which include the following, among others (collectively, "Plaintiff's Registered Marks"):

Trademark Reg. No. Reg. Date

OTTER BOX 2287619 October 19, 1999 [DESIGN MARK] 3791318 May 18, 2010 OTTER BOX 3788535 May 11, 2010 OTTERBOX 3788534 May 11, 2010 WE'VE GOT 3865367 October 19, 2010 TECHNOLOGY COVERED DEFENDER SERIES 3623789 May 19, 2009 STRENGTH 4079672 January 3, 2012 COMMUTER SERIES 3963182 May 17, 2011 COMMUTER 3791317 May 18, 2010 IMPACT SERIES 3795187 March 10, 2010 REFLEX ZONE 4111433 March 13, 2012 REFLEX SERIES 3972039 May 31, 2011 UTILITY SERIES 4064940 November 29, 2011 ARMOR SERIES 3632231 June 2, 2009 PINK IS STRENGTH! 4053182 November 8, 2011 OTTERCARES 4101071 February 21, 2012 [DESIGN MARK] 4116998 March 27, 2012

2. WHEREAS Plaintiff also has numerous pending trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The serial numbers of Plaintiff's pending trademarks are as follows: 85416877; 85456430; 85458259; 85462689; 85483745; 85505980; 85576166; 85531307; 85505993; 85505986; 85505999; 85428337; 85288182; 85288187 and 85342514.

3. WHEREAS on May 14, 2012, Plaintiff filed its Complaint in this Civil Action No. CV12-04194 SJO (PJWx) against Defendants, alleging causes of action under §32(1) of the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. §1114(1)) for infringement of federally registered trademarks, under §43(c) of the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. 1125(c)) and California Business & Professions Code § 14247 for dilution of federally registered and common law trademarks, under §43(a) of the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. §1125(a)) for unfair competition, and under the statutory and common law of the State of California to enjoin Defendants' current and prospective infringement and dilution of the Plaintiff's Marks and unfair competition, and to recover monetary damages resulting from those actions.

4. WHEREAS Plaintiff served the summons and Complaint on Defendants on May 25, 2012.

5. WHEREAS Defendants allegedly sold no less than no less than 5,570 units of counterfeit OTTERBOX® products on eBay.com, seller ID "texasbikes".

6. WHEREAS after reviewing the papers and evidentiary support provided to Defendants, Defendants have agreed to stipulate to the issuance of a permanent injunction with respect to matters referenced in this Stipulation.

7. WHEREAS Defendants allegedly, without Plaintiff's knowledge or consent and based on information provided to Defendants by Plaintiff, purchased and sold in interstate commerce counterfeit and non-genuine products which displayed, infringed, and diluted Plaintiff's Marks.

8. WHEREAS the parties expressly waive any findings of fact, conclusions of law, statement of decision and any right to notice or right to be heard in any matter in connection with or arising out of the filing, rendition or entry of the Permanent Injunction Order on this Stipulation for Entry of Permanent Injunction, provided however, that no such waiver shall be deemed to exist insofar as damages are concerned, it being agreed that Defendants may offer proof in defense of Plaintiff's claims for damages.9. WHEREAS the parties agree that the permanent injunction shall remain in full force and effect through the final disposition of this action and that any right to set aside the permanent injunction, appeal therefrom or to otherwise attack its validity is hereby waived.

NOW THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT Defendants and its agents, employees, officers, directors, owners, attorneys, representatives, successor companies, related companies, and all persona acting in concert or participation with it, and each of them, are, through the final disposition of this action, PERMANENT ENJOINED from:

a. The import, export, making, manufacture, reproduction, assembly, use, acquisition, purchase, offer, sale, transfer, brokerage, consignment, distribution, shipment, licensing, development, display, delivery, marketing, advertising or promotion of the counterfeit OTTERBOX® product identified in the Complaint and any other unauthorized OTTERBOX® product (including any non-genuine reproduction, counterfeit, copy or colorable imitation thereof).

b. The import, export, making, manufacture, reproduction, assembly, use, acquisition, purchase, offer, sale, transfer, brokerage, consignment, distribution, shipment, licensing, development, display, delivery, marketing, advertising or promotion of the infringing and diluting product identified in the Complaint and any other product which infringes or dilutes any of Plaintiff's Marks, trade name and/or trade dress including, but not limited to, any of Plaintiff's Marks at issue in this action.

c. The unauthorized use, in any manner whatsoever, of any Plaintiff's trademark, trade name and/or trade dress including, but not limited to, the Plaintiff's Marks at issue in this action, any variants, colorable imitations, translations and/or simulations thereof and/or any items that are confusingly similar thereto, including specifically:

i. on or in conjunction with any product or service; and

ii. on or in conjunction with any advertising, promotional materials, labels, hangtags, packaging, or containers.

d. The use of any trademark, trade name, or trade dress that falsely represents, or is likely to confuse, mislead or deceive purchasers, customers, or members of the public to believe that unauthorized product imported, exported, manufactured, reproduced, distributed, assembled, acquired, purchased, offered, sold, transferred, brokered, consigned, distributed, stored, shipped, marketed, advertised and/or promoted by Defendants originates from Plaintiff, or that said merchandise has been sponsored, approved, licensed by, or associated with Plaintiff or is, in some way, connected or affiliated with Plaintiff.

e. Engaging in any conduct that falsely represents that, or is likely to confuse, mislead, or deceive purchasers, customers, or members of the public to believe that Defendants themselves are connected with, or are in some way sponsored by or affiliated with Plaintiff, purchases product from or otherwise have a business relationship with Plaintiff.

f. Affixing, applying, annexing, or using in connection with the manufacture, distribution, advertising, sale, and/or offering for sale or other use of any goods, a false description or representation, including words or symbols, tending to falsely describe or represent such goods as being those of Plaintiff.

g. Hiding, disposing of, destroying, moving, relocating or transferring any and all products, advertising, promotional materials, labels, hangtags, packaging or containers bearing any of Plaintiff's Marks; and/or

h. Disposing of, destroying, moving, relocating or transferring any documents or things, including electronic records, pertaining to the purchase, procurement, development, making, manufacture, use, display, advertisement, marketing, licensing, sale, offer for sale, distribution, shipping, or delivery of any products or services bearing any Plaintiff's Marks or which otherwise refer or relate to Plaintiff or any of Plaintiff's Marks.

10. This Permanent Injunction shall be deemed to have been served upon Defendants at the time of its execution by the Court.

11. The Court finds there is no just reason for delay in entering this Permanent Injunction and, pursuant to Rule 54(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Court directs immediate entry of this Permanent Injunction against Defendant.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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