IRVINE, Calif., June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Making good on its zero-tolerance policy for pirating, leading skincare company ZO Skin Health, Inc. has filed several trademark infringement lawsuits against third-party distributers who unlawfully acquired ZO® products and sold them online.
The first wave of suits, filed June 6 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, accuse third-party Internet pirates, including Elite Depot operated by Web International, Inc., Web Incorporated, Aira Cosmetics Company, Aira Cosmetics, Inc., Aira Incorporated, Tonia Ryan and Derek Cavan of trademark infringement, false advertising, unfair competition and trademark dilution. The company is seeking damages and immediate injunctions to stop the Florida-based defendants from continuing to sell and advertise its products.
"These lawsuits send a clear message that we will aggressively pursue appropriate legal remedies against anyone who violates ZO Skin Health, Inc.'s trademarks," said Jim Headley, CEO and president of ZO Skin Health, Inc. "We are fiercely committed to protecting ZO®'s reputation for high-quality products developed by Dr. Zein Obagi through years of research and cutting-edge science."
The unauthorized sales were uncovered through an investigation in which the company bought numerous products from the defendants' websites bearing the ZO trademarks, including Rx products from the company's new ZO® Medical line that require a prescription before they can be obtained. The Universal Product Code, batch code and date – identifying information that helps ensure strict quality requirements and protect against counterfeits – had been altered or removed from each of the products and the packaging was damaged.
ZO Skin Health, Inc. and its medical director Zein Obagi, M.
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