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Apple sues for counterfeit mobile chargers sold on Amazon and Groupon

Apple is suing Mobile Star for trademark infringement, claiming damages of $2,000,000 per counterfeit mark on mobile chargers and power adaptors sold by Amazon and Groupon.

The products, sold directly by Amazon and Groupon (not third party sellers), are labelled as genuine Apple products. However, most of these products were supplied by Mobile Star and are said to be counterfeit goods.

Tests carried out by Apple on these “genuine products” found them potentially dangerous to consumer safety. Apple has expressed concern about quality and safety of these products as they are “not subjected to industry-standard consumer safety testing and are poorly constructed with inferior or missing components, flawed design, and inadequate electrical insulation”. The products also had the possibility to overheat, catch fire and electrocute consumers in the course of normal use.

Apple has reported numerous infringements to Amazon under its notice and takedown procedures. In response, Amazon assured its customers that that they have zero tolerance for the sale of counterfeits and are working closely with manufacturers to aggressively pursue wrongdoers.

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