Louis Vuitton Malletier, part of luxury goods group LVMH, has been awarded US$3m in statutory damages and over $0.5m in attorney's fees and expenses following a counterfeit case against five companies at a New York court.

The company filed the trademark counterfeiting lawsuit against LY USA Inc, Marco Leather Goods Ltd, Coco USA Ltd and the principals Chong Lam and Joyce Chan.

In August 2008, the court for the Southern District of New York found the defendants liable of "willful and intentional" counterfeiting and infringement of five of Louis Vuitton's trademarks, a company statement said.

Nathalie Moulle-Berteaux, intellectual property director of Louis Vuitton, said: "We are extremely pleased that the court recognised both the importance of protecting what it called our 'valuable' and 'famous' trademarks, and the necessity of setting damages at a level that would serve as a deterrent against future illegal counterfeiting and infringement by these defendants and other similar enterprises.

"The level of damages awarded by this court should sound a clear warning to counterfeiters around the world that the US legal system will impose serious financial consequences on those who bring their illegal products and actions to the US."