Cases & Matters

Members of the Gioconda Law Group have been privileged to represent a wide array of corporate, individual and governmental interests in complex litigation and intellectual property matters.  The following is a representative list of cases that our attorneys have publicly appeared in while with the Gioconda Law Group, or while employed by previous law firms:

Richemont International, S.A. and IWC, a Division of Richemont North America, Inc. v. John Does 1-11, the Gioconda Law Group currently represents Richemont and world-famous watchmaker IWC in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against a dozen defendants who are collectively using nearly one hundred domain names and websites to sell counterfeit watches.

Salvatore Ferragamo, S.p.A. v. John Does 1 to 15, the Gioconda Law Group currently represents Salvatore Ferragamo in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against fifteen defendants who are collectively using nearly one hundred infringing domain names and websites to sell a wide variety of counterfeit Ferragamo merchandise.

Stuart Weitzman IP, LLC v. John Doe 1, the Gioconda Law Group represented designer Stuart Weitzman in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against a defendant who was using several infringing domain names and websites to sell counterfeit Stuart Weitzman merchandise.

Sherri Hill, Inc. et al. v. Merle Dress, Inc., et al., the Gioconda Law Group currently represents distinguished prom and pageant dress designer Sherri Hill in a copyright and unfair competition case against Hong Kong-based dress manufacturer Merle Dress, Inc. and its related entities.

Lululemon Athletica v. John Does, the Gioconda Law Group represented lululemon athletica in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against several defendants who were using over fifty domain names and websites to sell counterfeit lululemon merchandise.

Runberg, Inc. d/b/a Zephyrs v. Victoria’s Secret Stores, et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented hosiery designer Zephyrs in a $15M breach of contract case against Victoria’s Secret Stores, Inc., Limited Brands and related companies in the Southern District of Ohio (Columbus Division).  The Lawsuit has been resolved by agreement.

Burberry Limited (UK) et al.  v. John Does, et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented Burberry Limited (UK) and Burberry Limited (US) in numerous trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting cases against defendants who were collectively using hundreds of infringing domain names and websites to sell a wide variety of counterfeit Burberry merchandise.  The Southern District of New York has granted Permanent Injunctions against all the Defendants, as well as awarded over a quarter of a billion dollars in damages.

Hermès of Paris Inc., et al. v. John Doe 1 a/k/a Li Hua, et al., et al, the Gioconda Law Group represented Hermès in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against numerous defendants who were using over thirty-four (34) domain names with “Hermes”,”Outlet” and/or “Sale” in their names to sell counterfeit Hermès merchandise.  The Southern District of New York has entered a Final Judgment in the amount of one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) and entered a Permanent Injunction against the Defendants.

Michael Kors L.L.C. v. John Doe 1 a/k/a Zheng Little, et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented Michael Kors in a trademark counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting case against numerous defendants who were using thirty-five (35) domain names with “Michael Kors” and “Outlet” and/or “Sale” in their names to sell counterfeit Michael Kors merchandise.  The Southern District of New York has granted a Default Judgment and Permanent Injunction against the Defendants.

Tiffany & Co. v. BitchinBagz LLC et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented Tiffany & Co. in an anti-counterfeiting litigation in the Southern District of New York.  The matter has been favorably settled.  The Group also assists Tiffany with policing and protecting its valuable rights against counterfeit golds being sold on trade boards such as AliBaba, TradeTang, DHGate, and others.

La Quinta Worldwide v. Q.R.T.M. S.A. de C.V., the Gioconda Law Group represented La Quinta Worldwide in a successful trademark infringement judgment entered after a bench trial in the District of Arizona, Tucson Division, relating to the Defendant’s intended use of the name “QUINTA REAL” in connection with new hotels in the United States.  La Quinta is also represented by the Gioconda Law Group in defending against the appeal of that judgment before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Burberry Limited (UK) et ano.  v. Variazioni NYC, et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented Burberry Limited (UK) and Burberry Limited (US) in a trademark counterfeiting case against a retailer and other defendants in Manhattan federal district court.  The matter has been settled.

Sherri Hill, et ano. v. Nox Anabel, Inc., the Gioconda Law Group represented distinguished prom and pageant dress designer Sherri Hill in a copyright and unfair competition case against a Los-Angeles based manufacturer and wholesaler in Los Angeles federal district court.  The matter has been settled.

Freeplay Music LLC v. NBA et al., the Gioconda Law Group represented Freeplay Music, an online music library, in a copyright infringement case in Manhattan federal district court against several defendants including the NBA, Turner and Sportsbrand Media Group.  The matter has been settled.

Sherri Hill, et ano. v. Let’s Fashion, Inc., the Gioconda Law Group represented distinguished prom and pageant dress designer Sherri Hill in a copyright and unfair competition case against a Los Angeles-based dress manufacturer and wholesaler, in Los Angeles federal district court.  The case was resolved through settlement, and the Defendant has been permanently enjoined.

Duncan Quinn, the Gioconda Law Group is currently counsel to award-winning British menswear designer Duncan Quinn in a variety of intellectual property matters.

Chicago Board Options Exchange, et al. v. International Securities Exchange LLC, et al., the Gioconda Law Group was co-counsel to the International Securities Exchange, one of the largest options exchanges in the United States, in a case relating to the Dow Jones and Standard & Poors stock market indexes.

Pfizer, Inc. v. Save On Drugs LLC et al., Mr. Gioconda was counsel to Pfizer in a trademark infringement case in federal district court in Connecticut involving Defendants’ sale of “generic VIAGRA.”

Imagenation LLC v. ImageNation Abu Dhabi et al.,  Mr. Gioconda represented a major Middle Eastern film finance company in a trademark infringement litigation in Indianapolis relating to the mark “ImageNation”.

XY Skin Care & Cosmetics v. Hugo Boss USA, Inc.Mr. Gioconda represented fashion designer Hugo Boss in a successful trademark litigation in Arizona involving the fragrance “XY Hugo.”

Hermès of Paris Inc. v. Lederer de Paris, Mr. Gioconda represented Hermès of Paris in a successful trademark jury trial in federal district court in Manhattan relating to Hermès’ famous Kelly and Birkin handbag designs, and successful appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Playboy Enterprises et al. v. On-Line Entertainment, Mr. Gioconda represented Playboy in a trademark infringement jury trial in federal district court in Brooklyn relating to domain name of a Playboy television program, and successful appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Playboy Enterprises et al. v. Certain Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Chapter Members, Mr. Gioconda represented Playboy in a trademark infringement litigation in Florida relating to a fraternity chapter’s unauthorized use of the Playboy logo.

Norelco v. Remington, Mr. Gioconda represented Remington in a preliminary injunction hearing in federal district court in Manhattan relating to Remington’s television advertisements for “Titanium” electric shavers.

Kathy Huie v. Swoozie’s Inc., Mr. Gioconda represented Swoozie’s retail store chain in a copyright litigation in federal district court in Manhattan relating to company’s logo design.

Bodum USA, Inc. v. La Cafetiere, Inc., Mr. Gioconda successfully represented La Cafetiere in a trade dress infringement case relating to rights to the “french press” style coffee maker.

Hermès of Paris, Inc. v. Pelle via Roma, Mr. Gioconda represented Hermès of Paris in a successful trademark jury trial in federal district court in Manhattan relating to Hermès’ famous Kelly and Birkin handbag designs.

Hermès of Paris, Inc. v. Steven Stolman, Mr. Gioconda represented Hermès of Paris in a preliminary injunction hearing in federal district court in Central Islip relating to Defendant’s “Jelly Kelly” handbags.

Hermès of Paris, Inc. v. Bluefly, Inc., Mr. Gioconda represented Hermès of Paris in a preliminary injunction hearing in federal district court in Manhattan relating to Bluefly’s Internet sweepstakes.

Abert Trading v. Kipling Belgium et al., Mr. Gioconda successfully represented Kipling in a contract case involving rights to distribute Kipling brand luggage.

Hermès of Paris, Inc. v. Brueton, Mr. Gioconda represented Hermès of Paris in a preliminary injunction hearing in federal district court in Brooklyn relating to magazine advertisements for furniture.

Hermès of Paris, Inc. v. Style Paris, Mr. Gioconda represented Hermès of Paris in a preliminary injunction hearing in federal district court in Chicago relating to Defendants’ sale of handbags.

Hermès of Paris, Inc. v. RKR Bags/Knockoff Shop, Mr. Gioconda represented Hermès of Paris in a trademark infringement case and preliminary injunction hearing in federal district court in Los Angeles relating to Defendants’ sale of handbags.

Shamsuddin et al. v. Nutraceutical Int’l Corp. et al., Mr. Gioconda represented Defendants in a trademark and copyright infringement case in federal district court in Baltimore relating to advertisements for nutritional supplements.

Natural Organics v. Nutraceutical Int’l Corp. et al., Mr. Gioconda represented Nutraceutical and Solaray in a trademark and trade dress infringement case in federal district court in Salt Lake City relating to name of protein drink mix.

Computer Sciences Corporation v. MMC 20/20 Software, Inc., Mr. Gioconda represented Computer Sciences Corporation in a trade secret litigation relating to software for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage in New York Supreme Court.

W.M. Wrigley Jr. Co. v. Cadbury Adams USA, Mr. Gioconda was one of the attorneys representing Cadbury in a trademark, trade dress and patent infringement litigation brought against its TRIDENT®, DENTYNE® and STRIDE® brand chewing gums by Wrigley.

Ian Schrager v. Hotels.com LP, Mr. Gioconda represented Hotels.com in a Trademark Opposition proceeding brought by Ian Schrager, the famous hotelier.


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