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MARSHALL, Texas (KNOE 8 News) - A federal court jury awarded $10 million dollars to Monroe headquartered Luv n' care in a lawsuit against Royal King Infant Products.

In a news release, Luv n' Care states the suit was brought in response to Royal King's repeated copying of Luv n' care's NUBY® brand baby products.

In its verdict, the jury found Thailand manufacturer Royal King guilty of making and selling confusingly similar imitations of Luv n care's designs, in breach of a prior settlement agreement between the parties. 

As a result, Royal King will be forced to pay attorneys' fees and costs, in addition to the multi-million dollar damage award.  Luv n' care also expects the Court to enter an injunction which will permanently prevent Royal King from further selling imitations anywhere in the world.

"This is the third time Royal King has been sued by Luv n care," said CEO Edward Hakim. "The lawsuits were about much more than just money.  They were about values. At NUBY(R), we value innovating and dedicating ourselves to creating the best products in the world.  We make these products to better the lives of children and parents, not for our competitors to steal and copy.  I want to thank the jury for signaling to Royal King, and the rest of the industry, that stealing our designs is wrong.  We won't stand for it, and will sue anywhere in the world necessary to protect our rights."

The company states, this lawsuit follows a string of successful legal victories protecting Luv n' care's rights in its NUBY® brand, including suits against Walgreens, Atico, Tommie Tippee, Kmart, Sassy, The First Years, Philips AVENT, Baby King, Novatex, and others. 

Suits have also been filed against Munchkin and Toys R' Us/Babies R' Us for copying the same NUBY® no-spill cups at issue in the Royal King suit.  "Luv n' care officials will continue to prepare and file actions against retailers and manufacturers who willfully copy our products," stated Hakim. 

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