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Louis Vuitton has emerged victorious from yet another copyright battle, this one with California-based internet hosting company Akanoc Solutions. The luxury brand argued that Akanoc "should have known" its member sites were selling counterfeit bags, an oversight that netted LV a whopping $34.2 million in damages. The judge in this case seemed to be following a precedent set a year ago, when Louis Vuitton won a similar case against eBay. As New York Times fashion critic Cathy Horyn puts it, "The online auctioneer has said it tries to police counterfeits and remove them from the site. It sounds as though juries don’t think that’s enough." What do you think—fair ruling? [On the Runway]