Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

US Authorities Close Down Les Mills Counterfeiters

US Authorities Close Down Les Mills Counterfeiters
December 29, 2009

In cooperation with US Federal authorities, Les Mills International (LMI) has broken up a North Carolina-based group that traded in counterfeit versions of its group fitness trademarks and resources.

As LMI Chief Executive Jill Tattersall explains, "we took this action to protect the interests of all of our partners around the world â our agents, club licensees, licensed instructors and consumers.

"All of our partners and our consumers deserve the peace of mind of knowing that any product or service bearing the LES MILLS® brand is delivered with the highest standards of support, training and quality control. Counterfeit products undermine the quality of our brand."

Members of the North Carolina-based group admitted to illegally copying, selling and distributing counterfeit LES MILLS® instructor resources (including music CDs, DVDs and other items) since at least 2007.

They also admitted that they engaged in this illegal activity both in the USA and internationally and provided the names of individuals in the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands who assisted them.

When two cease-and-desist letters did not stop the group's activities, Les Mills started legal action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, winning orders to seize counterfeit goods and records and immediately stop the counterfeiting.

A search warrant of the groupâs premises was executed in March 2009, with US Federal Marshalls seizing a large amount of counterfeit Les Mills® instructor materials and a hard drive containing details of the groupâs product catalogue, emails, and information on customers and suppliers.

In an out-of-court settlement, the three individuals have been permanently prohibited from shipping, copying, offering for sale, selling, importing, transferring and distributing any items bearing authentic or inauthentic imitations of any Les Mills® trademarks and were ordered to pay Les Mills monetary damages.

In a press release, LMI stated "this is a successful outcome for Les Mills and sends a strong message to the market that Les Mills takes the protection of its intellectual property rights very seriously and is prepared to take action to defend those rights" adding that "further actions are under way in the US and in Europe to follow up with people Les Mills understands to be suppliers, customers or accomplices of this group."


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

LEISURE CONCEPTS AUSTRALIA

Leisure Concepts brings the world’s leading fitness equipment brands to Australasia - these include True Fitness, Atlantis Strength, Merrithew (Stott Pilates), Intenza Fitness,…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

HTS Group Ltd

HTS Group Ltd provides a complete design, system integration, installation and maintenance package to the transportation, traffic engineering, parking and sports timing industries in New Zealand,…

read more

Aquatics / Events / Sport / Technology

 
 

Myzone

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

The Retention People Australia

TRP help health clubs, leisure centres and gyms across the globe create happy, loyal members through our user-friendly software which enables effective engagement and the delivery exceptional customer…

read more

Fitness / Marketing / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 

PULSETEC SOLUTIONS

PulseTec Solutions is a leading provider of software systems and solutions to the health and fitness industry for more than a decade. Our key products and services include ClientConnect studio and…

read more

Access / Fitness / Marketing / Technology / Venues

 
 

SGL GROUP

SGL is an innovative and progressive lifestyle, leisure and community consulting practice, operated by Phillip Gray and active since 1988. SGL has undertaken an extensive range of sport,…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Fitness / Recreation / Sport

 
 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business