Rolex v. Jonathan Cook (singer, Forever The Sickest Kids)
This is old news, but is an example of what can happen to an individual for possessing, buying, selling, and/or manufacturing replica watches.
Jonathan Cook, the front man for Dallas based lite-punk band "Forever the Sickest Kids," admitted to having been arrested and charged for selling replica Rolex watches which is a felony that caused him to wind up in Dallas County court.
Mr. Cook, a resident of Burleson, TX, who was arrested with quite a few fake watches he was offering on Craigslist, “I was not aware of how serious such a transaction was and through my experience I have learned that it does not matter how or where I purchased the watches. Simply presenting an item for sale with a false trademark logo is a criminal offense, even if it is well known that the item is a fake.”
Cook's apology made a little bit of news (although these cases rarely get the attention they deserve), and Cook posted on his Twitter account a day later “I brought it to light so that it could be something my fans learn from.” Cook undoubtedly thought the ordeal was over.
However, it was not... As you might remember, Rolex sued Cook for millions and millions of dollars in damages as a result of his choice to infringe upon the trademarks of the luxury watch manufacturer.
“Defendant intentionally, maliciously, and willfully sold, offered for sale, distributed, promoted, and advertised watches bearing counterfeits of one or more of the Rolex Registered Trademarks, despite knowledge that such sales were illegal,” says the suit. “Defendant’s acts were calculated to confuse and to deceive the public, and were performed with full knowledge of Rolex’s rights.”
Rolex is seeking $2 million “for each mark counterfeited" along with other damages.
Rolex v Jonathan Samuel Cook