A unit of luxury goods firm Louis Vuitton has won US$32.4m in damages from a website server host in a lawsuit accusing it of contributing to trademark and copyright infringement.

Louis Vuitton Malletier, part of LVMH, said it had won the lawsuit - filed in 2007 - against the California based Internet hosting business of Akanoc Solutions, Managed Solutions Group, and Steven Chen (the Akanoc Defendants).

A statement said the jury last week found the Akanoc Defendants liable for "contributory trademark and copyright infringement".

Nathalie Moullé-Berteaux, intellectual property director of Louis Vuitton, said: "This decision is another important step towards reducing the illegal activity of websites selling counterfeit merchandise and enforcing the rule of law on the Internet.

"The size of this award should make it clear to all Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that they cannot act, or fail to act, with impunity when a trademark owner provides notice that websites hosted by the ISP are selling counterfeit goods."