South Carolina Federal Judge Triples Damages, Awards Infringer Profits

Mealey's (August 2, 2016, 8:19 AM EDT) -- FLORENCE, S.C. — A South Carolina federal judge on July 29 awarded Choice Hotels International Inc. triple damages plus $1.18 million of infringer profits in a trademark infringement case against defendants who bought a North Myrtle Beach hotel from one of Choice Hotels’ former franchisees and operated a “virtually identical business with a virtually identical name on the very same property” (Choice Hotels International Inc. v. Zeal LLC, et al., No. 4:13-01961, D. S.C., Florence Div.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99342). (Opinion available. Document #98-160809-029Z.) U.S....
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