Amazon, 3M files lawsuit alleging counterfeit ring on Amazon.com.


Seattle-based Amazon and 3M recently teamed up to sue more than 60 third-party sellers alleging they peddled counterfeit 3M medical equipment as part of a counterfeit ring on the retail website. Amazon retail.

Driving the news: In lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle last Friday, Amazon and 3M allege that a group of “known and unknown” individuals and entities used pseudonyms and unregistered businesses to open dozens retail accounts on Amazon.com that sold counterfeit 3M-branded stethoscopes.

  • Each complaint alleges that the group “conspired and acted in concert…to engage in the infringement scheme” worldwide.

Details: The lawsuits cite false advertising, trademark infringement and violation of Washington’s consumer protection law as causes of action.

  • They also claim that the group of defendants – operating under various business names such as “Mooky Store”, “Billy Business” and “David Factory” – intentionally concealed their true identity and location when registering seller accounts. third.
  • The lawsuits seek, among other things, a court order requiring “identified financial institutions” linked to the sellers’ accounts to block and transfer to Amazon all money “received” from the alleged scam.

What they say : “Defendants deceived Amazon and Amazon customers, infringed and abused 3M’s intellectual property (IP) rights, damaged the integrity and trust of customers in the Amazon store, and tarnished Amazon’s brands and 3M,” the lawsuits state.

  • “These counterfeit products specifically tarnish 3M’s reputation as safe and reliable medical equipment that is valued more than ever in today’s COVID-19 reality, as the company uses its decades of expertise to provide vendors with the tools what they need to save patients’ lives,” the suits say.

Background: The lawsuits are part of Amazon’s latest efforts to weed out fake products and counterfeiters from its retail website.

  • The online retail giant has spent more than $900 million and hired more than 12,000 people to guard against fraud and stopped more than 2.5 million “suspected bad actor selling accounts”, according to the lawsuits.
  • In 2021, Amazon also sued more than 170 infringers in US courts and prosecuted or referred more than 600 cases for investigation in the United States, Europe and China, a company spokesperson told Axios this week.

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