Monday, May 25, 2015

COUNTERFEIT DIGEST: MAY 2015

By Sharon Wolff

This digest will be a (mostly) monthly update on counterfeit issues in the news. We subscribe to google alerts to keep current on all topics. I will include links, photos, commentary and descriptions. Arrests and existence of lawsuits do not indicate guilt. Outcomes and updates to cases may be listed in future posts as information becomes available.

We are not lawyers and trademarks, patents and copyrights belong to individual holders. Images and logos shown for purposes of discussion and education. Research is ongoing. We recognize that counterfeiting is an ongoing worldwide problem that is fueled by consumer demand and greed. 
Counterfeits not allowed at Wolff's Flea Market. 

BRANDS & CATEGORIES OF CONCERN
BRANDS: Beats By Dre, Coach, LG, Michael Kors, North Face, OtterBox,  Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Ugg
CATEGORIES: purses, jerseys, clothing, sun glasses, headphones/earbuds, phone cases, phone cables, chargers

20/20 "To Catch a Fake"
5/15/15-Year-long investigation on counterfeits:
http://abc.go.com/shows/2020/listing/2015-05/15-2020-051515-to-catch-a-fake

CONSUMER REPORTS
Article, "How to tell real from ripoff" http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/05/counterfeit-goods-how-to-tell-real-from-ripoff/index.htm

FLEA MARKETS
South Carolina (Noteworthy from March 2015)-Flea market vendors arrested 
Florida (Noteworthy from April 2015)-Swap Shop flea market owner settles with Louis Vuitton over counterfeits:
Massachusetts-Arrest for pirated DVD & CDs:

CUSTOMS
Texas-Airport bust:
Florida-Counterfeit auto parts:
Connecticut-Counterfeit tricks:

ALIBABA
Alibaba sued by Kering (Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent): http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/17/investing/alibaba-lawsuit-fakes/ 

Alibaba's growth affected by counterfeit allegations:

STORES
Louisiana-Store owners plead guilty to selling counterfeit merchandise:
Ohio-Store owner admits to selling counterfeits:

SOCCER JERSEYS
California-Man pleads guilty to selling counterfeit soccer jerseys:
http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/Chula-Vista-man-admits-to-selling--305050821.html?m=y&smobile=y

COSMETICS
The dangers of counterfeit makeup:
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/05/21/counterfeit-makeup_n_7356884.html

ETSY
Stock plummets 8% amid counterfeit and trademark violations.
http://money.cnn.com/2015/05/11/investing/etsy-stock-fall-counterfeit-warning/ 

ETSY, ALIBABA, EBAY, AMAZON
How these Internet sites handle counterfeits:
http://www.thestreet.com/story/13161841/1/how-alibaba-etsy-ebay-and-amazon-deal-with-counterfeit-goods.html

WHOLESALERS
North Carolina-Man arrested at wholesaler for selling counterfeit purses (noteworthy from April 2015):
http://myfox8.com/2015/03/24/man-arrested-after-detectives-seize-counterfit-purses-at-his-lexington-business/

ARRESTS
Tennessee (noteworthy from March 2015)-Arrested for selling counterfeit purses, North Face, Ugg- http://www.wjhl.com/story/28354839/man-woman-arrested-for-selling-fake-high-end-goods-in-sullivan-county
TYPICAL COUNTERFEIT MICHAEL KORS PURSE. Removable emblem. (Photo WJHL)


COUNTERFEIT NORTH FACE (Photo WJHL)


COUNTERFEIT UGG BOOTS-we have not seen these (Photo WJHL)


COUNTERFEIT TORY BURCH  PURSE -we have not seen these (Photo WJHL)
COUNTERFEIT COACH PURSE (Photo WJHL)