Over 40 online merchants have been ordered by a federal judge to pay $200,000 each in a University of Arkansas lawsuit in which the university alleged the merchants were selling unlicensed Razorback merchandise.
43 defendants who did not respond to the lawsuit have been found liable for trademark infringement, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Judge Gary Feinerman, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois, ruled that the companies had willfully violated UA’s trademark and caused $8.6 million in damages.
Feinerman signed an order declaring that the merchants must release any proceeds from the sales that are held in e-commerce accounts. The deadline to release the money is set 10 days from the time the companies receive the order.
In addition, the merchants have been ordered to cease any trademark infringement and using the e-commerce accounts associated with their infringement.