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October 21, 2016

Apple sues Amazon supplier over fake products

The company filed a trademark infringement cases against Mobile Star.

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple has sued a major Amazon supplier, alleging that about 90% of the accessories sold by it are counterfeit.

The iPhone maker filed filed a trademark infringement cases against Amazon supplier Mobile Star in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

Details of the lawsuit were first reported by Patently Apple.

Apple alleged that Mobile Star sold counterfeit power products like power adapters and charging cables through Amazon, which could lead to fires and pose an immediate threat to consumer safety.

Then tech giant said it had bought well over 100 iPhone devices, own-brand power adapters and charging cables, and found almost 90% of them were fakes.

Apple noted that unlike its genuine products, 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.

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“These counterfeits have the potential to overheat, catch fire, and deliver a deadly electric shock to consumers while in normal use”, Apple said.

The company even cited Amazon reviews from customers whose chargers caught fire in its legal filing.

Apple said consumers depending on Amazon’s reputation, have no reason to suspect the power products they purchased are anything but genuine.

Amazon responded by claiming it had zero tolerance for fake products on its site.

A spokeswoman told the BBC: “We work closely with manufacturers and brands and pursue wrongdoers aggressively.”

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