Amazon and Canon file joint lawsuit against counterfeiters

The Counterfeit Crimes Unit (CCU) takes direct action against fraudsters, either through civil actions or by criminal referrals to law enforcement agencies worldwide. Learn more about the CCUand keep visiting this page for the latest news and updates.

May 10, 2023
Amazon and Canon are filing a joint lawsuit to protect customers and hold counterfeiters accountable

Amazon’s CCU and Canon Inc. have filed a joint lawsuit against a group of criminals who attempted to advertise, market and sell camera batteries and chargers on the Amazon store, allegedly violating the registered trademarks of violated Canon.

An authentic Canon charger.

An authentic Canon battery.

When Amazon discovered the attempted abuse, the company worked with Canon to confirm that the products in question were counterfeit and acted quickly to shut down the 29 selling accounts operated by the defendants.

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March 30, 2023
Amazon is targeting several bad actors in new lawsuits, further protecting distributors from fraud

Amazon filed three lawsuits against malicious actors impersonating legitimate copyright owners to remove products from the Amazon Store.

For the first time, Amazon’s CCU filed lawsuits against multiple malicious actors who had collectively filed thousands of false copyright infringement lawsuits against Amazon’s selling partners in an attempt to get those sellers and their products removed from the Amazon store. These false claims attempted to limit customer choice, harm Amazon’s selling partners, and damage the integrity of the Amazon store.

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March 2, 2023
Amazon continues to take action against fake review brokers

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Amazon filed lawsuits against six defendants to protect its customers and selling partners by stopping fake review brokers. In each lawsuit, the defendants sell fake review services to bad actors trying to operate Amazon selling accounts. These scammers commit scams by selling fake reviews, intentionally facilitating activities aimed at deceiving customers, and attempting to gain an unfair competitive advantage over honest sellers on the Amazon store.

Amazon’s advanced technology and experienced investigators stop the vast majority of attempts to post fake or abusive reviews before they impact customers and honest distributors. As a result, more than 99% of the products viewed in-store contain only authentic reviews. These lawsuits complement Amazon’s efforts to prevent fake reviews by ensuring the scammers behind them are held accountable and stopped once and for all

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February 23, 2023
Amazon and Brother announce lawsuit to shut down counterfeiting ring based in Germany

Amazon and Brother, the enterprise technology solutions provider, announced legal action against eighteen suspected members of a Germany-based counterfeiting gang (collectively, the “Defendants”) who attempted to deceive customers by selling counterfeit toner cartridges marketed as genuine products. This lawsuit is Amazon’s first civil lawsuit filed jointly with a brand against counterfeiters in Europe.

The lawsuit was filed with the Berlin Regional Court and accuses the defendants of selling counterfeit products and circumventing Amazon and Brother’s systems. In addition to filing the lawsuit, the companies referred the allegedly counterfeit ring to local police.

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