Beatles Win $77M Default Against No-Show Counterfeiters

Law360 (February 14, 2020, 2:59 PM EST) -- The operating group for the Beatles has won a $77 million default judgment in a trademark lawsuit filed in Florida federal court over Beatles-themed counterfeit goods after the nearly 80 accused online sellers never showed up to defend themselves.

Siding with Apple Corps Ltd., U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom on Thursday awarded the company $1 million in damages from each of the 77 different entities that sold unauthorized merchandise bearing "Yellow Submarine" and "Beatles."

As is typical in cases against internet counterfeiters, none of the alleged defendants appeared in court. Such huge default awards are also common, but little money is...

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