APRIL 2017

Police confiscated about 38 tons of fake cosmetic products from two Phnom Penh locations and arrested the owner and three staff members, according to authorities. READ MORE>>

Prensa Latina:-Jamaican police destroyed a $15 million-cargo of counterfeit goods as investigators ramp up their offensive against goods trafficking and criminal gangs in Jamaica, The Gleaner newspaper reported. READ MORE>>

New Delhi: There was a time when no safety and quality of medicines were required to be submitted to the authorities. Manufacturers without any fear of being getting punished had freedom to prepare drugs. In fact, there was a law in USA and Europe that manufactures were allowed to prepare drugs as per their own specification. READ MORE>>

Earlier this month, the CEO of a printing and packaging company pleaded guilty to making and selling counterfeit packaging for pet medications. READ MORE>>
Kingston, April 28 (Prensa Latina) Jamaican police destroyed a $15 million-cargo of counterfeit goods as investigators ramp up their offensive against goods trafficking and criminal gangs in Jamaica, The Gleaner newspaper reported today. READ MORE>>

The director of a firm that imported, sold and stored more than £1 million worth of counterfeit toys has been given a two-year jail term, suspended for two years.  READ MORE>>

Walid Jamil, a member of an operation that sold counterfeit versions of energy drink 5-Hour Energy, was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday. READ MORE>>

Europol-INTERPOL has seized €230 million worth of fake and substandard food and beverages in its annual crackdown. Hazelnuts, olive oil, caviar, water, wine, alcohol and clams are just some of the foods and beverages involved. READ MORE>>

  • By Helsingin Sanomat, April 27, 2017, YLE

Finnish Customs has seized nearly one tonne of spices which were incorrectly labelled or contained dangerous ingredients, according to Helsingin Sanomat. The agency is taking part in the joint Europol-Interpol operation Opson VI, an international endeavour which targets counterfeit and substandard food products, and the organised crime networks behind the trade. READ MORE>>

About 450,000 pieces of counterfeit articles seized after being imported from China and India since January, had been destroyed at the Rank Container Terminal (RCT) Container Yard Orugodawatte today, customs Spokesman Dharmasena Kahandawa said. READ MORE>>

The SMTA and the Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE) announce the technical program for the Symposium on Counterfeit Parts and Materials this June 27-29, 2017 in College Park, Maryland. READ MORE>>

Counterfeit goods and drugs with a combined value of over R10,29 million were seized at OR Tambo International airport on Saturday and Sunday, officials said. READ MORE>>

A club rider from UK who wore a pair of counterfeit Oakley sunglasses in a race, for fear of damaging his authentic pair, ironically injured himself because of the knock-off glasses when he did crash. READ MORE>>>

Transport of counterfeit goods to be discussed for first time at international maritime conference – ICC – International Chamber of Commerce. The TOC Asia Container Supply Conference in Singapore, taking place 25-26 April as part of Singapore Maritime Week 2017, marks the first time that brand owners have been invited to a major maritime transport industry conference to discuss the enormous problem of counterfeit goods being transported on maritime vessels. READ MORE>>>

NAIROBI, KENYA: The sudden increase in counterfeit and unlicensed products like alcoholic and illicit brews in circulation in Kenya is robbing the country over Shs30 billion in annual revenue. This is because illicit dealers do not pay tax yet they shrink revenues of those who genuinely pay taxes. An estimated four million Kenyans are currently consuming these counterfeit products … READ MORE>>>

A tip-off by e-commerce company Alibaba led Chinese authorities to seize RMB 20 million ($2.9 million) worth of counterfeit cosmetics in the country. READ MORE>>>

Counterfeit market could reach US$2.3 trillion

The International Trademark Association (INTA) and the International Chamber of Commerce commissioned the International Hologram Manufacturers Association (IHMA) to compile the report, which claims the “wider social, investment and criminal enforcement costs could push the figure even higher”, taking the total to more than US$4 trillion with millions of legitimate jobs “at risk”. READ MORE>>>

The threat of a grave decline in agriculture is hanging over Tanzania like a sword of Democles. Already food shortages are biting, inflation is escalating, rain is unreliable and unemployment is high. READ MORE>>>

Muscat: More than 90,000 packs of medical supplies have been confiscated by consumer protection watchdogs after expiry dates were tampered with, the agency has revealed. READ MORE>>>

A SHOPKEEPER in Blackburn has been given a suspended prison sentence after masterminding a £25,000 fake tobacco scam. READ MORE>>>

Bargarh: A Rajasthan based-textile industry landed in a trouble after a case was lodged at Bargarh police station against it for allegedly making counterfeit Sambalpuri sarees. READ MORE>>>

  • By Staff Writer, April 22, 2017, The News

A distributor was arrested from near the Denso Hall on Friday after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) busted a racket involving sale of unregistered and counterfeit drugs, including life-saving anti-biotic injections.  READ MORE>>>

  • By Kelsey Johnson, April 21, 2017, iPolitics

Canada has signed a new information-sharing agreement on counterfeit wine. The agreement, released this week by the U.S. Trade department, is signed by several of the world’s biggest wine producers (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Georgia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.) READ MORE>>>

Mumbai: Karnataka State Police (Lashkar PS, Devaraja Sub-Division) recently raided K.L. Automobiles, a dealer in Lashkar, Mysore and seized more than 190 spurious auto parts materials which included Barrel Piston Kits, Connecting Rod Assemblies, Feed Pumps, Lumb Oil Pump Assemblies, Connecting Rod Bold Kits, Governor Support Assemblies, Piston Ring Sets, etc. The raid was conducted based on the inputs provided by the diesel auto engine manufacturer Greaves Cotton Limited. READ MORE>>>

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has raised concern over the proliferation of counterfeit goods into the country. READ MORE>>>

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – The Clarksville Police Department (CPD) arrested three people April 18 in connection with a counterfeit property and money laundering scheme. READ MORE>>>

Freedom Mobile have issued an apology after an investigation conducted by CBC Toronto revealed that a customer had bought an iPhone containing counterfeit parts in one of their stores. The customer, Benjamin Thomas, purchased the iPhone 5S at a Freedom Mobile store in March for $300 CAD and immediately noticed problems with the device. The battery quickly drained down to 20 percent, the casing did not fit correctly on the device, and the camera quality was extremely poor. Upon further inspection, it also became apparent that the Apple logo was counterfeit. READ MORE>>>

Ivanka Trump brand president Abigail Klem is speaking out against reports suggesting that the company’s move to secure three new trademarks in China is anything other than straight business. READ MORE>>>

SARS spokesman Sandile Memela said that the consignment of 2‚380 sneakers‚ weighing 956kg‚ had been discovered during a routine inspection of a cargo shed at the airport. READ MORE>>>

  • By Mark ElliotI, April 17, 2017, Forbes

American leadership in intellectual property (IP) presents one of our economy’s greatest strengths and biggest challenges. Consider the evidence: from leading apparel brands and electronics to the production of movies, music and lifesaving medicines, IP supports more than 45 million American jobs in 81 different industries. Total merchandise exports of IP-intensive industries make up more than half of all U.S. exports, or $842 billion, and almost 40% of U.S. GDP. READ MORE>>>

  • By Leroy M. Sonpon, III, April 17, 2017, AllAfrica
On Thursday, April 13, the Joint Committee on Health & Social Welfare, and Trade, Customs and Free Movement of Persons and Goods of the 4th Legislature of ECOWAS Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution to fight counterfeit and expired medicines from the sub-region. READ MORE>>>
This is a one of the most lucrative and lethal counterfeit industries that thrives on the lack of consumer discretion and general absence of stringent oversight worldwide. Social media also plays its role in amplifying the menace and making it abundantly available to unsuspecting patients. READ MORE>>>
KAMPALA – Officials from Uganda National Bureau of Standards had a hard time explaining why they have failed to control the influx of counterfeit and substandard goods in the market. READ MORE>>>

The Commercial Compliance & Consumer Protection (CCCP) sector in Dubai has successfully resolved more than 92,000 complaints since the launch of the ‘Be Right; Know Your Consumer Rights’ campaign in 2010, said Sami Al Qamzi, Director-General of Dubai Economy. READ MORE>>>

Dubai: The Ministry of Health and Prevention has warned the public against buying drugs being sold as safe online, citing 90 per cent of such medicines are counterfeit and life threatening, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). READ MORE>>>

Buying fakes? In theory, everyone’s against it. Just like five years ago, in the previous survey (even though the market’s growing, supposedly due to a growth in consumption). If you delve a little deeper though – especially among the new generations –, you realize what everyone knows instinctively. Among Europeans between 15 and 24 years old, the percentage of those who buy counterfeit T shirts, shoes and smartphones is increasing, and so is the number of those who illegally download videos, movies, music. Because it’s cheaper (or free). And above all, more and more surfers can’t distinguish whether they’re downloading legally or not, whether the web site they’re using is legit or not. In many cases, their good faith is betrayed. READ MORE>>>

  • By Staff Writer, April 14, 2017, Channel News Asia

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Police Force (SPF) and Singapore Customs busted a syndicate involved in selling counterfeit mobile phones on Tuesday (Apr 11), arresting eight people and seizing products with an estimated street value of almost S$1.5 million. READ MORE>>>

  • By Bridgett Milton, April 13, 2017, AllAfrica

Former Sinoe County Senator Mobutu Nyenpan says the counterfeiting of medicines in the ECOWAS sub-region is an act of terrorism against public health and an act of economic sabotage. READ MORE>>>

American auction house Acker Merrall & Condit faces a new accusation regarding the sale of supposedly counterfeit Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (DRC) La Tâche 1967 and 1960 at their March 25 auction held at Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong, after fine wine authentication expert Maureen Downey posted a comment alerting dbHK about the authenticity of some lots. READ MORE>>>

Six people have been arrested for allegedly using a Beverly tanning salon to traffic homemade steroids that they were marketing as pharmaceutical grade, according to federal prosecutors. READ MORE>>>

Liberia: ‘Counterfeit Medicines Cause More Deaths’

  • By Leroy M. Sonpon, III April 11, 2017, AllAfrica

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Chairperson of the Authority of Head of States and Government of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS), has said that counterfeit drugs continue to pose a serious risk to public health in the sub-region. READ MORE>>>

Federal customs agents seize $1.1 million in counterfeit mobile phone accessories at the Port of Charleston

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at the Port of Charleston seized about $1.1 million worth of counterfeit mobile phone accessories last month. READ MORE>>>

BBB warns against counterfeit Cubs and Blackhawks tickets

  • By Staff Writer, April 10, 2017, 23WIFR

CHICAGO (AP) — The Better Business Bureau has a warning for sports fans who suspect the prices for tickets to the Chicago Cubs home opener at Wrigley Field or to see the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs are too good to be true: They might be right. READ MORE>>>

All-out war: UAE cracks down on fake medicines

  • By Suchitra Bajpai Chaudhary, April 9, 2017, ZAWYA

Dubai: The Ministry of Health and Prevention has launched an all-out war against counterfeit medicines, drugs and devices that can harm people and deprive them of effective treatment, a top official said on Sunday. READ MORE>>>

Fake cigarettes gang ordered to pay back £170,000 by customs

Four West Midlands businessmen who were convicted of running a £60,000 tobacco counterfeiting plant and money laundering operation have been ordered to pay back £170,000 of their criminal profits or face time behind bars. READ MORE>>>

Warning to retailers after counterfeit incident

  • By Post Reporter, April 7, 2017, John O’Groat

ETAIL staff in the north have been warned to be on their guard following an incident involving counterfeit currency in the Inverness area. READ MORE>>>

Elide Fire Ball sues Alibaba

Elide Fire Ball Pro, the Thai manufacturer and vendor of “Elide Fire Ball” fire-extinguishing ball, is suing Hangzhou Alibaba Advertising and Jack Ma, the man behind online shopping websites Alibaba and… READ MORE>>>

Textile workers threaten demo over failure of anti-counterfeit taskforce

Workers in the textile industry are threatening to demonstrate over the failure of the anti-counterfeit taskforce set up by the government to deal with the proliferation of fake textiles on the market. READ MORE>>>

More than 100 bottles of illegal vodka seized from off-licence

MORE than 130 bottles of illegal vodka worth £2,500 has been seized from an off-licence in Kirkdale. Officers from Liverpool City Council’s Alcohol and Tobacco Unit and Merseyside Police inspected Discount Booze, on Stanley Road, when they found the illicit alcohol. READ MORE>>>

Vaporizer Manufacturer Grenco Science Awarded $47M In Counterfeit Case

LOS ANGELES, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — On March 7, 2017, a Federal Judge in Illinois granted well-known personal vaporizer manufacturer Grenco Science $47 Million in damages from 65 different online retailers found to be selling counterfeit versions of its products.  The Court offered this ruling not only for its monetary purposes, but to stop sales of unauthorized products online. READ MORE>>>

OUT AND ABOUT IN DELCO: Real of fake? It can be intriguing afternoon trying to decide at Winterthur

Dubai authorities have seized more than three million counterfeit versions of over 30 brands in raids on four warehouses, state-owned Emirates news agency WAM has reported. READ MORE>>>

Dubai seizes three million counterfeit goods

Dubai authorities have seized more than three million counterfeit versions of over 30 brands in raids on four warehouses, state-owned Emirates news agency WAM has reported. READ MORE>>>

Report: Sales of Counterfeit Reproductions Set to Increase Worldwide

A new report predicts a rise in counterfeiting and pirated goods over the next ten years. READ MORE>>>

Counterfeit Football Shirts Lead To Benijófar Arrest

A 33 year old man of Moroccan nationality was arrested in Benijófar last week charged with the possession of a shipment of over 700 counterfeit football shirts. The clothing was valued on the open market at 25,000€. READ MORE>>>

Apparel Company Picks Stupid Fight With Law Firm Over Dumb Grayson Allen Tripping T-Shirt

  • By Emma Baccellieri, April 1, 2017, DeadSpin

Smack Apparel—the brilliant minds behind this t-shirt and others of its ilk—has decided to say some very dumb stuff to defend an equally dumb shirt about Grayson Allen’s tripping tendencies. READ MORE>>>