A federal judge in Orange County has issued a permanent injunction against a Little Saigon man who used eBay and other Internet store fronts to sell counterfeit products.
According to an October complaint filed by Element Case, Inc., defendant Allen Tran of Garden Grove duped "consumers throughout the United States" by leading them to believe they were buying the company's authentic products, including its 2011 federally-registered trademark EC Element Case for the iPhone 5.
Company officials claim Tran, using computer usernames "scarletblossom" and "fashionladiesdesign," sold "at least 70" fake cases on eBay alone in recent months, according to court records.
To help built a counterfeit case, investigators working for the company bought the product from the defendant for amounts around $65 via PayPal.
This month inside Orange County's Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse, U.S. District Court Judge Josephine L. Staton issued a permanent injunction against Tran.
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If he continues to sells the forgeries, he could be hauled into federal court to face contempt charges.