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Ryder Ripps, Will Pay Yuga Labs $1.6 Million!

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The US District Court judge has ended a case that has been ongoing for a long time by ruling that Ryder Ripps and Jeremy Cahen will have to pay approximately 1.6 million dollars in damages and attorney fees to Yuga Labs.

Yuga Labs sued Ryder Ripps and Jeremy Cahen in June 2022, alleging that they infringed the company’s intellectual property rights through “imitation” NFTs that, it claimed, devalued its Bored Ape Yacht Club collection.

The Bored Ape Yacht Club or BAYC is one of the most valuable collections of non-exchangeable tokens on the market. At one point, Ripps defended the lawsuit as an attack on freedom of speech. He also vowed to settle the lawsuit for a minimum of 100 billion dollars.

NFT creators concerned about protecting the intellectual property rights of their collections will likely see the decision as a victory.

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An Exceptional Case

The statement stated, “The strength of Yuga Labs position in this case makes it exceptional compared to most trademark infringement cases. This case is significantly different as it involves Defendants who use the guise of satire and parody to justify their trademark infringements. The court’s decision stated that ‘Yuga’s BAYC Marks would be used without Yuga’s permission.”

Furthermore, “The defendants conduct during the continuation of the case supports the finding that this is an exceptional case. The defendants were obstructive and evasive in their statements and during their trial testimonies, unnecessarily complicating these trials.” The statement continued.


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