The jury rejected Perez’s argument that all he did was innocently copy Cuban products he alleged are being sold worldwide. The jury concluded that, under U.S. law, Perez violated the trademark rights of the U.S. trademark owners, including the trademark rights of Altadis U.S.A. Inc. and its various subsidiaries in the famous MONTECRISTO, ROMEO y JULIETA, and TRINIDAD brands.
For having been found guilty of the conspiracy count, Perez can be sentenced to up to five years of imprisonment. For having been found guilty of the counterfeiting counts, Perez can be sentenced to up to ten years of imprisonment. In addition to incarceration, Perez may be subject to fines, restitution, special assessments, parole terms, or forfeitures that may be applicable. Sentencing will take place on November 23, 2009.
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