Retailer Fined $7.8M For Continued TracFone Infringement

By David McAfee (June 5, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT) -- A Georgia federal judge on Wednesday held retailer GCA Electronics LLC in civil contempt of court and sanctioned the company $7.8 million payable to TracFone Wireless Inc., which had accused GCA of ripping off TracFone's prepaid phones in violation of an earlier judgment and injunction.

In January of last year, TracFone moved for an order to reopen a trademark and copyright infringement case with respect to GCA based on continued violations of a final judgment, which was reached in 2008. In September, after considering the testimony and affidavits presented and hearing oral arguments, the court reopened the case and held the...

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