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Court Denies, in Part, Ex Parte TRO in Counterfeit Action

In a June 15, 2015 ruling, Judge Richard J. Sullivan denied in part the plaintiff’s application for an ex parte temporary restraining order to enjoin the defendants’ sale of allegedly counterfeit goods and for related relief. As to enjoining the sale of goods, Judge Sullivan wrote that “Plaintiff fails to explain why Defenants’ alleged conduct, ongoing since at least November 2014, . . . is of a type where advance notice of the relief sought ‘would itself be likely to trigger irreparable injury.’” The Court also denied ex parte relief “locking and transferring” the defendants’ infringing websites, finding that the plaintiff has again failed to explain why notice would be harmful. Judge Sullivan did, however, freeze the defendants’ PayPal account, and permitted service by email.
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