Amazon is finally cracking down on knockoff CDs and Oil of Ulay sales.
Amazon sued online counterfeit goods sellers today for the first time. GeekWire reports that the lawsuits were filed in King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington. This is the first time Amazon files lawsuits against third-party sellers for selling counterfeit goods.
Two weeks ago, DMN reported that an RIAA study showed that Amazon sold counterfeit CDs. In the study, out of 194 CDs sold on the site, 44 CDs were counterfeit. That’s approximately 1 in 4. Even worse, Amazon fulfilled 18 counterfeit CDs, and not third-party sellers. A company spokeswoman said that the company has “zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits,” and
“[is] working closely with labels and distributors to identify offenders, and remove fraudulent items from our catalog. We are also taking action and aggressively pursuing bad actor.”
A pillow company sued Amazon over the sale of Chinese counterfeit goods, but back in 2015, a federal judge ruled in favor of the company. Despite this, however, U.S. District Court Judge Ricardo stated,
“[The court] is troubled by its conclusion and the impact it may have on the many small retail sellers in circumstances similar to the Plaintiffs. There is no doubt that we now live in a time where the law lags behind technology. This case illustrates that point.”
The lawsuit targets knockoff fitness products and heavy lifting equipment. According to GeekWire, Fitness Anywhere is joining the lawsuit as well. They’re the company behind the TRX line.
Amazon’s suit names different companies and individuals across Florida, New York, and California. The complains detail the company’s position and tactics.
“Amazon invests tens of millions of dollars annually developing sophisticated technology to detect bad actors and potentially counterfeit products, and it employs dedicated teams of software engineers, research scientists, program managers, and investigators to operate and continually refine its anti-counterfeiting program. Among other things, when sellers register to sell products through Amazon’s Marketplace, Amazon’s automated systems scan information about the sellers for signals that the sellers might be bad actors, and [the company] blocks those sellers during registration before they can offer any products for sale.”
You can check out the document provided by GeekWire below.