Reports are coming in that Apple has filed a case against an Amazon distributor company for allegedly selling counterfeit Apple accessories in the Amazon website. In a legal document that contains details of the complaint, Apple has purchased around 100 iPhone accessories from Amazon in order to verified whether they are genuine or not as part of their company’s crackdown on illegal counterfeits of their products. Apple, the company known for its strict regulation of its certified products found that almost 90% of their purchased accessories from Amazon were fakes and of low quality. However at first glance according to Apple, there is little indication of the fakeness of these products, especially for the untrained eye.
What is wrong with the fakes?
According to Apple, they discovered that most of the accessories sold such as phone chargers, connecting wires and others are of poor quality. Most of these devices are either lacking some components or are wrongly calibrated, thus making them hazardous for use compared to original ones. With that in mind, that these non genuine chargers are prone to overheating as well as short circuiting which can lead to fires and/or electrocution. There have been cases reported where similar non genuine devices have exploded or caused fires as well as burns to people because of counterfeit accessories used on original phone units.
With that in mind and armed with these findings, Apple wrote to Amazon about the matter and found out that Amazon’s supplier, Mobile Star, LCC., are allegedly the culprit behind this. In effect, Apple filed a lawsuit case against Mobile Star for allegedly selling fake products and also using the Apple logo in their business without legal authorization to do so. Also included are the arguments that the said company places the general public at risk for selling sub-par products. In its case, Apple claims that Mobile Star LCC violated the following things:
- Trademark Counterfeiting and Infringement
- False Designation of Origin
- Copyright Infringement
- Unfair Competition
These are filed in response to the damage done to the image of the company as well as its consumer base. Apple is basically asking for $150,000 for each copyright infringement that Mobile Star LCC violated as well as a maximum of $2,000,000 damages compensation for each type of goods marked with an Apple logo sold to the market. This massive corporate lawsuit was filed by representatives of Apple in the California Northern District Court in San Francisco and is still awaiting an assignment of a presiding judge for the case.
For the unwary customer who just really on the reputation of the company that sells Apple certified chargers and accessories, as in this case Amazon, always be careful and scrutinize each product you buy especially from the internet. Only buy from trusted and certified distributors that are known to be affiliated with the Apple in order to aviod cases of backdoor oversight from popular sellers, as allegedly demonstrated by Amazon on this particular case. If it is unavoidable that you must purchase, always pay attention to products that have good feedbacks from buyers. Also pay attention to the price of an item, if it is too low from the ones offered in the market, chances are it is a counterfeit and that the quality is not assured.