MANHASSET, N.Y. U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez of the Southern District of Florida has found Suplimet Corp. and Hermann Lozano in contempt of a permanent injunction enjoining Suplimet from trafficking counterfeit Nokia products. As part of the ruling, Martinez awarded Nokia damages of $1.36 million against Suplimet and Lozano.
In the Federal criminal prosecution Suplimet, Lozano and Xavier Lozano, the defendant's brother, each plead guilty to trafficking in counterfeit Nokia products and were sentenced on Jan. 31, 2006. Both received 72-month sentences and were immediately jailed. Upon release, both will be subject to deportation proceedings to their respective country.
Finland-based Nokia has strengthened its anti-counterfeiting program against importers and distributors of counterfeit Nokia products.
"Nokia will vigorously pursue counterfeiters domestically and abroad, as well as continue to work with Federal and state law enforcement to stop counterfeiting of Nokia's products," said Lucy Nichols, director, Brand Protection, Nokia, in a statement.
"We welcome this federal prosecution and conviction of Suplimet and Messrs. Lozano as this conviction and significant sentence highlights the seriousness of counterfeiting and the damage it does to both manufacturers and consumers alike."