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OpSec News Round-Up 10/13/2011

Posted by admin on Oct 13, 2011 7:08:48 AM
Fake Vodka Found in Shops


DANGEROUS counterfeit vodka which is known in extreme cases to cause blindness if drunk, has been seized from shops across the county.

A Chesterfield shop is the latest to be found supplying suspected fake vodka, which has been seized by Trading Standards and is now being analysed.

High levels of methanol - which can cause stomach pains, dizziness and blurred vision which can lead to blindness - are often found in fake vodka brands such as ‘Arctic Ice’ and ‘Passion’.

For full story, please visit Derbyshire Times.

FSA Ramps Up Fight Against Fakes


MUKILTEO, WA (BRAIN)—Component manufacturer Full Speed Ahead is warning its retailers and end consumers about purchasing product online or from foreign trading sites in light of ongoing problems with counterfeit items originating from China.

In a press release issued Wednesday from FSA’s Italian office, the company urged dealers only to buy from recognized distributors and bike brand partners and consumers to purchase from trusted retailers to avoid the risk of ending up with counterfeit product.

FSA has been aggressively pursuing manufacturers and resellers of fake FSA branded products for the past several years, an effort that began when Douglas Chiang, owner of Tien Hsin Industries, FSA’s parent company, spotted counterfeit FSA components in a Taiwan shop. It made some progress, tracing goods back to a manufacturer in Taiwan and gaining trademark infringement convictions in a Taiwanese court.

To read more, please visit Bicycle Retailer.

Change Coming in Kroger's Coupon Policy


Kroger's new coupon policy -- to be posted in all stores by Oct. 15 -- earned both a "Yea!" and a "Huh?" from one local coupon enthusiast.

Shana Moland, author of the website and blog My Memphis Mommy, said she's confused about Kroger's policy change on the use of print-at-home Internet coupons.

She said she noticed one of Kroger's stores had already posted the change, which states that Kroger will honor only two Internet coupons per manufacturer per day. The measure is designed to curb coupon counterfeiting.

For full story, please visit Southaven-Horn Lake News.

Explosion of Online Counterfeiting Requires Diligence, Awareness of Evolving Schemes


Given the astronomical surge in online counterfeiting, brand owners need to be increasingly diligent in monitoring the internet for counterfeits, and in vetting potential business partners, attorneys said Oct. 6 at a BNA sponsored webinar focusing on online counterfeiting.

Kelly Phair McCarthy of Sideman & Bancroft, San Francisco, said that counterfeiting is a $600 billion per year problem that has increased 10,000 percent in the last two decades. The increase can be attributed to the rise in the popularity of the internet, which has given counterfeiters a way to market their knockoff products to a much larger audience than they were previously able to reach, according to McCarthy.

Both McCarthy and Jerod Partin, director of business and legal affairs at Saban Brands LLC, stressed the importance of taking proactive steps to staunch, if not stop, the flow of knockoff intellectual property to the internet.

To read more on this story, please visit The Bureau of National Affairs.

Sennheiser Files 12 Lawsuits in Los Angeles Against Counterfeiters


LOS ANGELES, Oct. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On September 20, 2011, Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG and Sennheiser Electronic Corp. filed its first wave of federal lawsuits in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The lawsuits target a number of Internet based pirates and counterfeiters located throughout the United States who are engaged in the sale of counterfeit Sennheiser™ branded merchandise, including the popular models CX200, CX300 II, CX380 II, CX500 and PMX80 lines of headphones.

The lawsuits have been filed against a variety of individuals and business entities that are conducting business throughout the United States in locations including New York, Virginia, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Florida. The complaints are based upon Federal Trademark Infringement Laws, including but not limited to violations of 15 U.S.C. section 1114, 15 U.S.C. section 1125, Lanham Act, and the California Business and Professions Code. The filed complaints demand substantial damages in the form of declaratory relief and injunctive relief, along with all attorney's fees and costs against counterfeiters. Sennheiser has identified more than 100 other domestic pirates -- along with numerous domestic websites -- which are targeted for further enforcement operations.

For full coverage, please visit PR Newswire.

$8 Million in Counterfeit Goods Seized from Flea Market


The counterfeit goods seized at an East Side flea market on Friday were worth $8 million, according to Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott.

Detectives seized more than 41,000 counterfeit items, including purses, wallets, clothing, shoes, CDs and DVDs, sunglasses, jewelry and NFL jerseys and hats, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

To read more, please visit The Columbus Dispatch.

Hairy Crabs Given Authenticity Tags to Ward Off Fakes


With counterfeit goods rampant everywhere, China has resorted to authenticity tags for even its crabs. Hairy crabs, that fetch around $46 each, are a prized delicacy sold in restaurants and markets across the nation.

They’re harvested across the Yangtze River Delta region, and the most sought-after ones are from Yangcheng Lake. To counter fake crabs sold in the region, the Yangcheng Lake Crab Association has begun tagging every real crab with a unique serial number.

To read more, please visit NTDTV.com.

Warning Over Fake Drop Vodka in West Yorkshire


Consumers in West Yorkshire are being warned not to drink fake vodka which has been found to contain a potentially dangerous chemical.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards said bottles of Drop Vodka, which they seized from off-licences in Leeds and Wakefield, contained chloroform.

Prolonged exposure to chloroform has been linked to a heightened risk of developing cancer in some people.

The vodka also contained Isopropanol, often used in cleaning fluids.

To read more, please visit BBC News.

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