After a large shipment of fake UGG boots has been found, the judge issued an interesting ruling. The boots are not to be destroyed; he came up with a better idea.
The case involves an Irish businessman that is caught with 16.000 UGG-style boots, and over 200 loose UGG labels. His explanation about breaching the Trademarks Act was simple: “I thought about it definitely, but I did not do it.” He claims he did not infringe upon any trademark rights, since the labels were not sown onto the boots.
Judge James O’Connor rejected the claim, of course, and ruled for the 16.000 pairs of boots to be forfeited to the Irish State. And then he came up with an interesting idea. Together with the inspector the judge stated that rather than destroying the property, a suitable charity should be found in Africa for the boots.
It remains to be seen if the genuine UGG® manufacturer is going to be pleased about 32.000 UGG fakes being shipped to Africa. One thing is certain: some 16.000 Africans are going to have some warm feet!