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Costco owes Tiffany more than $19 million for selling counterfeit rings

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Costco's going to pay for selling "Tiffany" engagement rings that weren't made by Tiffany.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled on Monday that Tiffany (TIF) is entitled to $11.1 million in trebled profits -- triple the loss it incurred from Costco's actions -- plus interest, in addition to $8.25 million in punitive damages. Overall, Costco (COST) owes the luxury jewelry retailer more than $19.3 million.

Tiffany said in a statement that the decision "validates the strength of the Tiffany trademark and the value of our brand, and most importantly, sends a clear and powerful message to Costco and others who infringe the Tiffany mark."

"We brought this case because we felt a responsibility to protect the value of our customers' purchases," the company added. "It is critically important that the...


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