Lorillard Tobacco Company v. North Fast Food, Inc.
SUMMARY ORDER - That Lorillard's 30 Motion for Summary Judgment is GRANTED. That the Clerk shall enter judgment in favor of Lorillard and against defendant North Fast Food, Inc. in the amount of $8,000.00 which represents the statutory damage award under 15 U.S.C. § 1117(c). That Lorillard is directed to submit a proposed order for permanent injunctive relief for the court's review within fourteen (14) days of the date of this Summary Order. Signed by Chief Judge Gary L. Sharpe on 11/21/2012. (jel, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
LORILLARD TOBACCO CO.,
NORTH FAST FOOD, INC.
d/b/a CROWN CHICKEN,
Plaintiff Lorillard Tobacco Company commenced this action against
defendant North Fast Food, Inc., doing business as Crown Chicken,
alleging, among other things, counterfeiting and infringement of Lorillard’s
trademarks. (See Compl., Dkt. No. 1.) Although defendant initially denied
several of Lorillard’s allegations, (see Dkt. No. 25), it, in response to
Lorillard’s motion for summary judgment, (see Dkt. Nos. 30, 31), informed
the court that it no longer intended to defend this matter, (see Dkt. No. 35).
Having reviewed the entire record before it and finding no genuine issues
of material fact, the court, for the reasons fully articulated in Lorillard’s
motion papers,1 (see generally Dkt. Nos. 30, 31), agrees that Lorillard is
Because defendant elected not to contest any of the facts asserted in Lorillard’s
Statement of Material Facts, those facts, all of which are properly supported by admissible
entitled to summary judgment on all of its causes of action. As such, the
only issue to be addressed is that of damages.
In this regard, Lorillard seeks $80,000 in statutory damages under 15
U.S.C. § 1117(c), which equates to $10,000 for each trademark infringed,
and a permanent injunction under 15 U.S.C. § 1116, to prevent any future
infringement of its trademarks. (See Dkt. No. 30, Attach. 1 at 18-20; Dkt.
No. 34 at 2.) While both are appropriate here, Lorillard’s statutory damage
request is excessive given the nature of the infringement in this case.
Specifically, Lorillard’s proposed award is premised on the notion that
defendant acted willfully or, at a minimum, recklessly, in acquiring and
selling the infringing products. (See Dkt. No. 30, Attach. 1 at 19-20.)
However, the court is unpersuaded that the conduct here rose to the level
of even recklessness. Rather, defendant’s one-time, unintentional
purchase of five cartons of counterfeit cigarettes is best characterized as
negligent or improvident. (See Dkt. No. 30, Attach. 3 at 40:1-7; 47:12,
evidence, are deemed admitted pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e)(2) and N.D.N.Y. L.R.
7.1(a)(3). (See Pl.’s Statement of Material Facts (SMF), Dkt. No. 31.) The court notes,
however, that there is a typographical error in paragraph fifteen, which indicates that fifty
cartons of cigarettes were sold. (See Pl.’s SMF ¶ 15.) The deposition pages the paragraph
cites to states that only five (5) cartons were purchased. (See Dkt. No. 30, Attach. 3 at 47:12.)
Thus, after considering all of the relevant factors in determining the
appropriate amount of damages under 15 U.S.C. § 1117(c),2 the court
concludes that Lorillard is entitled to statutory damages of $1,000 per
infringement, for a total of $8,000,3 as well as permanent injunctive relief.
To this end, Lorillard is directed to submit a proposed order for permanent
injunctive relief for the court’s review within fourteen (14) days of the date
of this Summary Order.4
ACCORDINGLY, it is hereby
ORDERED that Lorillard’s motion for summary judgment (Dkt. No.
30) is GRANTED; and it is further
ORDERED that the Clerk shall enter judgment in favor of Lorillard
and against defendant North Fast Food, Inc. in the amount of $8,000.00,
which represents the statutory damage award under 15 U.S.C. § 1117(c);
In determining a proper statutory award under 15 U.S.C. § 1117(c), courts are
generally guided by the case law under the Copyright Act. See All-star Mktg. Grp. v. Media
Brands Co., 775 F. Supp. 2d 613, 622 (S.D.N.Y. 2011); see also Bryant v. Media Right Prods.,
Inc., 603 F.3d 135, 144 (2d Cir. 2010) (discussing the relevant factors in determining a
statutory award for copyright infringement).
Notably, Lorillard’s submissions do not include a specific request for attorneys’ fees
or costs. Should it wish to seek such an award, it must file the appropriate motion in
accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rules of Practice.
In addition to filing the proposed order on the docket, Lorillard must also send a copy
of the order to the court’s CM/ECF email address in either “.doc” or “.wpd” format.
and it is further
ORDERED that Lorillard is directed to submit a proposed order for
permanent injunctive relief for the court’s review within fourteen (14) days
of the date of this Summary Order; and it is further
ORDERED that the Clerk provide a copy of this Summary Order to
IT IS SO ORDERED.
November 21, 2012
Albany, New York
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