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February 12, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Counterfeit luxury items - Bargain hunters should take extreme care when shopping for discounted brand-name merchandise on the Internet, the Better Business Bureau said in a recent bulletin. Websites such as Craigslist and EBay have been used to sell counterfeit items, the BBB said. But some firms have also set up their own websites to market knockoff luxury goods, which are often of poor quality and likely to disappoint the consumer, the group said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The Los Angeles city attorney's office Wednesday hailed a $3.96-million judgment and permanent injunction against a downtown merchant as the largest judgment the city has secured in a counterfeiting case. Maria Luisa Sanchez committed 1,586 trademark violations over at least the last five years, and sold counterfeit clothing, jewelry, handbags and other items at different storefronts, the city attorney's office said. She was fined $2,500 for each of the 1,586 counterfeit items that she sold or had for sale.
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BUSINESS
June 23, 2010 | By Jennifer Martinez, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Obama administration unveiled a government-wide strategy Tuesday to crack down on piracy and counterfeit goods, adding more than 50 FBI agents this year to tackle intellectual property abuses. With the ubiquity of the Internet, online piracy and the sale of counterfeit goods on the Web are growing rapidly across a range of industries, including entertainment, software and pharmaceutical markets. Vice President Joe Biden, who announced the new program, said that the problem costs Americans jobs and that counterfeit goods threaten lives.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Jon Healey
After months of talks with rights-holders, operators of some of the largest online advertising networks announced the steps they'll take to try to cut off online piracy hotbeds from the flow of marketing dollars. Their voluntary best practices drew praise from the White House and a mixed reaction from Hollywood studios and music companies, reflecting how incremental the moves seem to be.  Nevertheless, the steps, which eight advertising networks have endorsed, mirror a move by major brand advertisers to ensure that their messages not only reach the intended audience but do so in the right context.
NATIONAL
July 17, 2003 | From Associated Press
From knockoffs of designer Kate Spade handbags to pirated DVDs, Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups increasingly are turning to counterfeit goods to fund their operations, lawmakers were told Wednesday. The global trade in counterfeit goods is estimated at $400 billion to $450 billion a year, said Ronald K. Noble, secretary general of Interpol, the organization that coordinates information among law enforcement agencies in 181 countries.
BUSINESS
June 12, 1986 | Associated Press
Phony Rolex watches, ersatz Chanel perfume and other counterfeit goods worth more than $10 million have been seized in raids on what could be the largest counterfeit-fraud scheme in U.S. Customs Service history, officials said Wednesday. "This is truly fakery on a world-class scale," said William von Raab, commissioner of the Customs Service.
NEWS
December 18, 1995 | JOSEPH HANANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Before he was even old enough to drink, Carlos Fernandez had already engineered his first big bust--a three-day police raid confiscating $1.3 million in counterfeit NBA and other major league sports jackets. Six years later, the 25-year-old private eye is still going strong, commanding his Intellectual Property Enforcement Co. on the front lines of business' war against counterfeit goods.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2008 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles and Mark Medina
Retailers are having a tough time this holiday season because of the recession, but stores in downtown L.A.'s Santee Alley got a bit of help over the weekend from police raids that led to the arrests of 28 people for making and selling knockoff goods. Police seized $2.7 million in counterfeit items bearing names such as Air Jordan, Ed Hardy, Coach and Sony in the weekend raids, resulting in the second-largest take of knockoffs in Los Angeles County history, officials said Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The Los Angeles city attorney's office Wednesday hailed a $3.96-million judgment and permanent injunction against a downtown merchant as the largest judgment the city has secured in a counterfeiting case. Maria Luisa Sanchez committed 1,586 trademark violations over at least the last five years, and sold counterfeit clothing, jewelry, handbags and other items at different storefronts, the city attorney's office said. She was fined $2,500 for each of the 1,586 counterfeit items that she sold or had for sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities have seized 1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags from China at the Port of Los Angeles, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday. Genuine Hermes leather bags retail for thousands of dollars apiece. The two shipments, discovered Feb. 12 and Feb. 26, would be worth as much as $14 million if sold at full price, the customs agency said. Importing counterfeit purses and wallets has been on the rise, with a 142% increase in the value of goods seized in 2012 compared with the previous year, the agency said in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities have seized 1,500 counterfeit Hermes handbags from China at the Port of Los Angeles, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday. Genuine Hermes leather bags retail for thousands of dollars apiece. The two shipments, discovered Feb. 12 and Feb. 26, would be worth as much as $14 million if sold at full price, the customs agency said. Importing counterfeit purses and wallets has been on the rise, with a 142% increase in the value of goods seized in 2012 compared with the previous year, the agency said in a statement.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2012 | By Shan Li
Federal authorities seized 132 domain names and arrested one man in an international effort to stop the sale of counterfeit goods during the online shopping day called Cyber Monday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, working with Europol and police in several countries including the United Kingdom and Denmark, targeted sites that sold knock off goods such as DVDs, perfume and even jerseys. Authorities also arrested and charged Gary Hammer with trafficking counterfeit goods.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2012 | By Shan Li
-- Luxury retailer Burberry won $180 million in two separate counterfeiting suits against networks of websites selling fake goods. Both suits, filed in federal court in Manhattan, accused knockoff artists of hawking items bearing the Burberry name and signature plaid on sites such as "BurberryOutlet8.com" and "Burberrys-Vision.com. " The judge in both cases also awarded Burberry a permanent injunction and ordered that the domain names be transferred to the company's control. Burberry set up a litigation program in 2010 to focus on combating websites selling counterfeit goods.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2012 | By Shan Li
More than two dozen people were charged in a $325-million counterfeit ring to import knockoffs from China and Taiwan through a port in New Jersey, authorities said. Using undercover agents and wiretaps, federal law enforcement agencies uncovered "two elaborate schemes" to elude border security and transport counterfeit apparel, accessories, cigarettes and illegal drugs into the Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, the U.S. district attorney's office in New Jersey said in a statement.
NEWS
February 12, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Counterfeit luxury items - Bargain hunters should take extreme care when shopping for discounted brand-name merchandise on the Internet, the Better Business Bureau said in a recent bulletin. Websites such as Craigslist and EBay have been used to sell counterfeit items, the BBB said. But some firms have also set up their own websites to market knockoff luxury goods, which are often of poor quality and likely to disappoint the consumer, the group said.
BUSINESS
November 29, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities have seized 150 Web domain names they said were used to traffic counterfeit brand-name merchandise. The website seizures targeted the illegal sales of counterfeit products, including professional sports jerseys, golf equipment, DVDs, shoes, handbags and sunglasses, authorities said Monday. Visitors to the sites now find a banner that says the domain name has been seized by federal authorities and that copyright infringement is a federal crime. During the investigation, federal law enforcement agents made undercover purchases of products from online retailers, officials said.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously approved a bill that seeks to rein in foreign websites that traffic in pirated movies and TV shows, a move that drew widespread support from a broad coalition of entertainment industry groups. Called the Protect IP Act, the proposed law is strongly backed by Hollywood's chief lobbying group, the Motion Picture Assn. of America, as well as the Independent Film & Television Alliance, the National Assn. of Theatre Owners and other industry and labor organizations.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
The push to combat websites that sell stolen content has gained renewed bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. Democratic and Republican Senate Judiciary Committee leaders Thursday introduced a bill that aims to crack down on rogue websites dedicated to the sale of counterfeit products, including movies and television shows. Internet piracy has been a major source of grief for Hollywood studios and unions. The measure, dubbed the Protect IP bill, follows similar legislation introduced last year in the previous Congress and could come up for a full vote in the Senate this summer.
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