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SATA GmbH & Co. KG v. Wenzhou T&E Industrial Co., Ltd.

United States District Court, D. Nevada

February 24, 2017

SATA GmbH & Co. KG, a German corporation, Plaintiff,
v.
Wenzhou T&E Industrial Co., Ltd. Defendant.

          STEVEN A. CALOIARO, EURIK O'BRYANT ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF SATA GMBH & CO. KG

          ORDER HOLDING DEFENDANT WENZHOU T&E INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. IN CONTEMPT OF COURT

         At the request of plaintiff SATA GmbH & Co. KG (“SATA”), I ordered defendant Wenzhou T&E Industrial Co., Ltd. (“T&E”) to show cause why it should not be held in contempt for violating my October 26, 2016 Final Judgment. ECF No. 61. Wenzhou did not respond to my order to show cause and it did not appear at the hearing. For the reasons discussed below, and based on the findings and conclusions set forth herein, I hold T&E in contempt of court.

         I. FACTUAL BACKGROUND AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY

         On November 5, 2013, SATA filed a complaint against T&E alleging that it had unlawfully displayed and offered for sale counterfeit paint spray guns and counterfeit paint spray gun reservoirs that willfully infringed SATA's U.S. trademarks and design patents. ECF No. 1. I granted SATA's Emergency Motion for a Temporary Restraining Order, which T&E did not oppose. ECF No. 10.

         After T&E failed to respond to the Complaint, SATA obtained a Default against it. ECF No. 31. On October 22, 2014, I issued a Final Judgment against T&E. ECF No. 51. The Final Judgment provided statutory compensatory damages for T&E's willful infringement and attorneys' fees. Id. In the Final Judge judgment, I also issued a permanent injunction enjoining,

Wenzhou, and its officers, agents, servants, employees, confederates, attorneys, and any persons acting in concert or participation with any of them including, without limitation, third parties providing services used in connection with Wenzhou's operations and websites owned or controlled by Wenzhou (including, without limitation, the website at <http://www.teautotools.com>), including, Internet service providers (“ISPs”), domain name registries, domain name registrars, banks and other financial institutions, merchant account providers and payment processors (such as PayPal, Inc., Western Union), and any other payment processing service having knowledge of this Order by service or actual notice (“Restrained Parties”) are hereby permanently enjoined and restrained from:
a. Using any reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation of the SATA Marks in commerce including, without limitation: (i) by selling, offering for sale, distributing, promoting, or advertising any good or service in connection with such reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation of the SATA Marks; (ii) by displaying any reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation of the SATA Marks on the website accessible through the domain name or any other website owned or controlled by Wenzhou or that display Wenzhou's products (collectively, the “Enjoined Websites”); or (iii) by displaying any reproduction, counterfeit, copy, or colorable imitation of the SATA Marks at any trade show in the United States, including but not limited to, at any future Automobile Aftermarket Products Expo (“AAPEX”) trade show; and
b. Manufacturing, using, selling, offering to sell, or importing into the United States, portable electronic device cases embodying designs that are the same as or substantially similar to the designs claimed in U.S. design patents 459, 432 S1 and 459, 433 S1, including, without limitation, by: (i) offering to sell and selling such products to individuals or companies in the United States through the Enjoined Websites or otherwise; or (ii) offering to sell or selling such products at any trade show in the United States, including, but not limited to, at any future AAPEX show; and ....

ECF No. 51, p. 2.

         On November 2, 2016, SATA discovered that T&E was again unlawfully displaying and offering for sale a counterfeit paint spray gun that infringed upon SATA's trademarks and design patents in violation of the Final Judgment. SATA also uncovered marketing materials containing images of counterfeit paint spray guns. SATA reviewed T&E's website (http://www.teautotools.com), which is expressly mentioned and enjoined in the Final Judgment. ECF No. 51. SATA discovered that the enjoined website is unlawfully displaying and offering for sale a counterfeit paint spray gun that violates the Final Judgment and infringes SATA's U.S. trademarks and patents.

         As a result, SATA filed its Application for an Order to Show Cause as to why T&E should not be held in Contempt of Court. ECF No. 58. I ordered T&E to appear and show cause. ECF No. 61. T&E did not file an opposition to SATA's Application, did not respond to my Order, and did not appear at the February 9, 2017show cause hearing. ECF No. 65.

         II. FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSION OF LAW

         1. The Factual Background and Procedural History above is hereby incorporated in its entirety into these findings of fact and conclusions of law.

         2. T&E violated my Order (ECF No. 61) to appear before and show cause why it should not be held in contempt of court for ...


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