Los Angeles-based Beachbody’s Ongoing Battle Against Piracy Nets $2.1 Million Judgment Against New York Counterfeiter
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — Beachbody, LLC, the innovative health and fitness company behind the famous P90XÃ‚® Extreme Home Fitness product and other popular fitness programs, today announced it received a multi-million dollar judgment from the sale and distribution of counterfeit copies of its P90XÃ‚® product. As part of its ongoing enforcement, Beachbody investigated a resident of Uniondale, New York, and, based on his advertising and sale of multiple pirated copies of its widely-popular P90XÃ‚® fitness DVDs, filed a lawsuit in United States District Court, Central District of California.
On November 8, 2010, the Honorable John F. Walter ruled against Defendant, Wayne Batchelor, as a result of his alleged counterfeiting activities and intentional infringement of Beachbody’s trademarks and copyrights. The judgment included an award of more than $2.15 million in damages, as well as injunctive relief, prohibiting Batchelor from any further counterfeiting activity of Beachbody products, and requiring him to turn over all remaining counterfeit goods to Beachbody for immediate destruction.
“We are extremely pleased by the judgment, as it validates the serious threat counterfeiting and piracy poses to legitimate, hard-working American companies, and to consumers who are ultimately duped into purchasing inferior and in most cases, defective products,” said Jonathan Gelfand, Senior Vice President Business Development & General Counsel for Beachbody, LLC. “Considering the immense effort and expense undertaken to create the leading home fitness programs available, and the countless hours and dollars Beachbody and state and federal law enforcement invest in the ongoing battle against piracy, we hope this judgment sends a definitive message to counterfeiters that they will be discovered and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Beachbody investigates and takes action against literally hundreds of alleged counterfeit and pirated fitness DVDs on a daily basis. The efforts to combat the counterfeiting epidemic are critical to protect not only Beachbody’s valuable intellectual property and ingenuity, but also more than 40,000 Independent Team Beachbody Coach distributors as well as consumers from the damage counterfeit goods can cause.
“Unfortunately, the general public has become somewhat desensitized to the seriousness of counterfeiting. Estimated as a $600-billion industry, counterfeiting serves as a significant revenue platform for organized crime, local gangs and even international terrorist cells,” said Gelfand. “This judgment demonstrates that Beachbody is committed to protecting its consumers and its intellectual property from the threat of counterfeiting and piracy, and will stop at nothing to punish those who engage in these illegal activities.”
To report any counterfeit or pirated Beachbody products, email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about Beachbody, LLC, including its anti-piracy efforts, please contact the Beachbody Media Bureau at (888) 885-5677 or email email@example.com.
About Beachbody, LLC
Founded in 1998 by Carl Daikeler and Jon Congdon, Beachbody, LLC, operates Beachbody.com, TeamBeachbody.com, and BreakthroughInBeauty.com. The Santa Monica, California-based company is the creator of the nation’s most popular fitness and weight loss solutions including P90XÃ‚®, InsanityÃ‚®, Brazil Butt LiftÃ‚®, Slim in 6Ã‚®, Turbo JamÃ‚®, Hip Hop AbsÃ‚®, and Power 90Ã‚® among many others. BeachbodyÃ‚® programs combine challenging DVD-based workouts with easy-to-follow diet guidelines, nutritional supplements (including its breakthrough health shake called ShakeologyÃ‚®, AKA “The Healthiest Meal of the Day”), and an unparalleled customer service and peer-support system. In fact, Beachbody has expanded this support system through Team Beachbody.com, which includes a network of thousands of independent “Coach” distributors as well as a dynamic online support and fitness community. The company’s beauty business includes brands Timeless SecretÃ‚® and Derm ExclusiveÃ‚®. The corporate mission is to help people achieve their goals and enjoy healthy, fulfilling lives.
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