BMW Wins $206K & Injunction Against Irvine Businessman Who Sold Counterfeit Products
A federal judge this week awarded BMW more than $206,000 and a permanent injunction against an Orange County businessman who sold consumers counterfeit products of the German car company.
Rule 4: Don't sell fake BMW products
U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney banned Irvine's Dennis Nguyen (a.k.a. Hoang Nguyen), the registered owner of Drift-Gear.com, from cheating BMW's registered trademarks in the future.
Given the reputation for selling quality, BMW officials are highly protective of their products, located Nguyen's operation and in January ordered a "BMW Blue Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel Emblem" for $8.99.
According to the Munich-based company's March lawsuit, an investigation of the product's authenticity proved it was fake.
Officials at BMW--or Bayerische Motoren Werke--initially demanded $2 million for each of Nguyen's related counterfeit products.
Court records show the company served the complaint on the defendant's stepfather, and Nguyen--who purchased his website from Go Daddy in 2006 and operated out of a house near the Irvine Spectrum--never defended himself in court.
Carney issued a default judgment for BMW.