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Crocs Wins Copyright Lawsuit Against Chinese Firms

Shoe maker said subsidiary Jibbitz LLC won a copyright and trademark infringement case against three Chinese shoe companies and was awarded damages of $56 million.

NIWOT, Colo. (AP) -- Shoe company Crocs Inc. said Tuesday a subsidiary won a federal copyright and trademark infringement case against a number of Chinese shoe companies.

Jibbitz LLC won the verdict against Jinjiang Huakai Shoes and Garments Co. Ltd., Jinjiang Jiaxing Shoes and Garments Co. Ltd. and Yuanhui Chen.

The company said the U.S. District Court in Nevada granted an injunction barring sales of infringing products by the defendants and awarded damages of $56 million in addition to attorney fees and other costs.

Crocs said the court also found that Jibbitz owns all rights, title and interest in its shoe charm designs.

Jibbitz filed the suit on Feb. 22.