Country-pop singing sensation Taylor Swift has prevailed in a Nashville court battle fought out, until recently, entirely in secret.
Senior U.S. District Judge Tom Wiseman last week granted Swift an injunction and default judgment against 16 out of the 24 individuals named in a lawsuit she filed in May 2009 and twice amended to add more defendants.
All are accused of violating Swift's intellectual property rights by selling "counterfeit" merchandise that bore Swift's name and other trademarks she owns.
The reason for the hush-hush on the legal business: Keeping the lawsuit secret allowed Swift's "merchandise enforcement team," which apparently exists, to go on the prowl without tipping off the bootleggers that they might be coming. Team Swift seized a bunch of stuff all over the place, and that stuff can now be destroyed.
Oh, and if you're wondering what the "other trademarks she owns" are, they include "TAYLOR SWIFT," the name Taylor Swift written in that handwriting-y font that is "distinctive and highly recognized by the public" and "FEARLESS."