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OpSec News Round-Up 7-14-2011

Posted by admin on Jul 14, 2011 7:15:29 AM
EU Court Sees Responsibilities of Online Retailers


BRUSSELS — Online retailers like eBay Inc. can be held responsible for the infringement of trademarks by goods they sell, Europe's top court said Tuesday.

National courts can order online retailers to stop trademark infringement and prevent similar incidents in the future, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice said.

Read more at The Huffington Post.

EBay May be Liable in L’Oreal Trademark Suit, EU Court Says


EBay Inc. (EBAY) may be held liable for trademark breaches on its auction site if it has knowledge of the infringing data, the European Union’s highest court said in a dispute involving cosmetics maker L’Oreal SA.

The EU Court of Justice in Luxembourg ruled today that national courts can order an online marketplace like EBay to stop infringements if it “played an active role” that would “give it knowledge of or control over the data relating to the offers for sale.”

“EBay isn’t doing enough,” said Dominic Batchelor, a partner with Ashurst LLP in London. “It’s going to be up to member states to work out on a case by case basis what is the right sort of remedy.”

For full story please visit Bloomberg.

Warning about Fake ‘Toxic’ Vodka in Warwickshire


Shoppers in Warwickshire are being warned about a counterfeit batch of vodka which could cause blindness due to a dangerous ingredient.

Trading Standards were alerted by a woman in Bedworth about a bottle of Glen's Vodka she had purchased.

Tests showed it contained high levels of methanol. Ingesting high levels can affect the eyesight and could result in permanent blindness, a spokesman said.

Read more at BBC News.

Portsmouth Shop Owner Is Spared Jail After Cigarette Haul


A TAX-dodging shopkeeper who sold illegal tobacco has been spared jail.

Omaid Rahman was caught with tens of thousands of illegal cigarettes at Fratton Food Store in Fratton Road, Fratton.

Acting on a police tip-off, Portsmouth City Council trading standards officials first inspected the shop on October 21.

They seized 22,240 cigarettes that were not properly labeled and found hidden in food boxes and a rucksack in the shop.

For full coverage, please visit The News: Portsmouth.

London Raids Net Counterfeit Wine


Trading Standards officers in the London Borough of Hillingdon have seized large amounts of counterfeit alcohol from local businesses in a four-day operation.

A joint operation with HM Revenue & Customs and the police brought a haul of 1,000 bottles of counterfeit wine and tobacco at 13 premises.

For full story, please visit Off License News.

Fake Goods Vendor Pays the Price


A MAN has been ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work after admitting selling fake designer clothing at a popular East Riding Market.

Anthony Steven Firth, 26, of Cambridge Street, Bridlington, was given a community order for 12 months and told to pay prosecution costs of £1,464 by Hull and Holderness Magistrates.

Read more at Yorkshire Post.

Dodgy Vodka Discovered in Bedworth ‘Could Cause Blindness’


Drinkers are being urged to look out for counterfeit bottles of vodka after a batch containing high levels of methanol was discovered in Bedworth.

Trading standards officers received a complaint from someone in the town who had drunk half a bottle of Glens Vodka, and suspected it was not genuine.

Read More at Coventry Telegraph.

Authorities Destroy Fake Electrical Goods Worth Millions

Law enforcers destroyed thousands of fake electrical and electronic equipment worth millions of rand in Durban yesterday.

Hand-held pneumatic earth compressors were used to destroy the TV sets, radios, indoor antennae, hair dryers, kettles, heaters, grillers, ovens, stoves and other electrical goods.

For full story please visit New Age Online.

P.E.I. Police Seize Counterfeit Clothing


Buying counterfeit products may be supporting the violent world of organized crime, warns the P.E.I. RCMP.

While no link has been made to recently seized counterfeit clothing on the Island and the world-wide traffic in fake goods, the potential is always there further back in the chain, says Cst. Robert McDougall, officer in charge of the Island's federal enforcement section.

Read more at Times & Transcript.

Counterfeit Syndicate Broken Up


Four men and one woman were arrested after police broke up a major local syndicate which sold and distributed counterfeit bedding products yesterday morning.

For full story, please visit Asia One.

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