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News Round-Up 1/10/2012

Posted by admin on Jan 10, 2012 8:13:20 AM
Elies Dehimi, of South Harrow, Faces Jail for Smuggling Fake Goods


A SMUGGLER from Harrow who was caught with one of the UK's biggest hauls of fake designer goods has been found guilty this morning.

The gang imported around 50,000 items including clothing, footwear, handbags and hair-straighteners from the Far East, between March 2007 and August 2010. The fake goods purported to be manufactured by Gucci, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Ugg and Nike.

For the full story, please visit the Harrow Times.

Cracking Down on Counterfeit Apparel


The retail market for licensed collegiate apparel is, quite simply, a behemoth of a business that brings in about $4.3 billion annually.

Seemingly everyone wants a piece of it, which is why so many people at so many major events hawk items of all shapes, types and sizes -- whether the items are legitimately made and licensed or counterfeit.

For the complete story, please see ESPN.

Counterfeit Drugs can Kill - FDA

January 8, 2012, 5:45pm

MANILA, Philippines — Ernie (not his real name) had a clear plan: He would commit suicide by overdosing on sedatives. But hours after his attempt, nothing happened. Laboratory tests later explained why—what he consumed were counterfeit drugs.

Cases like Ernie’s are rare and isolated, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the state agency tasked to ensure safety, efficacy, and quality of foods, drugs, and cosmetics being sold to the public.

FDA Director Suzette Lazo said most cases brought to their attention every day are heartbreaking ones. They are stories of unwitting patients regularly taking medicines that do not cure them or, worse, can kill them.

For the complete story, please visit Manilla Bulletin.

Police Target Counterfeit Merchandise at Flea Market


The Albuquerque Police Department spent Saturday morning handing out warnings to flea market vendors. They were targeting people selling cosmetics, but ended up finding more than just Cover Girl. APD along with other police agencies fanned out across local flea markets to give vendors a warning.

"If we come back in two weeks and they're still selling the stuff then they're going to get a citation," one officer told us.

For the complete story, please visit KOB 4.

Topics: Luxury Goods, Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Goods, Intellectual Property, In the Headlines