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Anti-Counterfeiting News


Hitachi distributors warn of counterfeit projector lamps in Europe.  (April 18, 2012).

UL warns of counterfeit Halloween lighting products.  (March 16, 2012)

UL warns of counterfeit electrical outlet boxes.  (February 28, 2012)

UL warns of counterfeit electronic ballast.  (February 22, 2012)

Video released to educate on how to distinguish genuine from counterfeit projector laps.  (January 2012)

Guilty plea in counterfeit circuit breaker case (December 8, 2011)

UL warns of counterfeit relocatable power tap.  (September 14, 2011)

Video released on how to identify counterfeit smoke detectors installed in Atlanta.  18,000 smoke detectors recalled. (June 2011)

Counterfeit smoke detectors distributed in Atlanta. CPSC says they pose life safety hazard. (May 27, 2011)

UL warns of counterfeit extension cords. (May 26, 2011)

UL warns of substandard counterfeit ground rods. (April 14, 2011)

UL warns of counterfeit LED lighting controller. (April 14, 2011)

Consumer Product Safety Commission announces recall of 470,000 substandard counterfeit Blackberry batteries installed in refurbished Blackberry devices.  (August 10, 2010)

Over 40,000 counterfeit circuit breakers recalled in cooperation with Consumer Product Safety Commission (August 3, 2010)

Counterfeit batteries, battery labels, and label equipment seized on Long Island (July 30, 2010)

Counterfeit desk lamps seized at Port of Savannah by Customs and Border Protection (July 22, 2010)

UL identifies substandard counterfeit ground rods.  (June 10, 2010)

European authorities seize substandard counterfeit electrical generators and power tools.  (May 21, 2010)

UL identifies substandard counterfeit electrical metal tubing.  (May 13, 2010)

UL warns of substandard counterfeit extension cords.  (May 4, 2010)

Counterfeit automobile lamps uncovered at auto trade show. (January 11, 2010)

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement seizes counterfeit batteries in Minnesota. (November 25, 2009)

UL identifies counterfeit communication cable. (November 5, 2009)

UL identifies counterfeit ceiling-mounted light. (October 30, 2009)

UL identifies counterfeit lithium-ion battery charger. (October 1, 2009)

Virginia State Police seize counterfeit electrical products at gun show.  (September 9, 2009)

Plant Engineering: Counterfeit electrical products can create workplace hazards. (September 1, 2009)

Federal jury finds distributor liable for selling counterfeit circuit breakers.  (July 7, 2009)

UL warns of counterfeit night lights distributed over Amazon.com (July 7, 2009)

UL warns of counterfeit compact fluorescent lamps distributed over Amazon.com (June 26, 2009)

Firm fined for distribution of counterfeit batteries.  (May 15, 2009)

UL warns of potentially hazardous counterfeit undercabinet lighting from China.  (April 9, 2009)

UL warns of counterfeit CAT6 communications cable from China. (April 2, 2009)

Dangers of counterfeit electrical products reported. (April 1, 2009)

Dangers of counterfeit extension cords highlighted. (March 11, 2009)

Defects in counterfeit battery packs described. (Mar. 1, 2009)

UL warns of counterfeit touch sensor switches. (Feb. 24, 2009)

UL warns of counterfeit compact fluorescent lamps in retail channel. (Feb. 20, 2009).

New York Attorney General prosecutes Westchester County retailers for selling substandard and counterfeit extension cords. (Feb. 17, 2009)

Half million counterfeit batteries subject to forfeiture proceeding. (Feb. 3, 2009)

Counterfeit batteries seized in raid on Brooklyn, NY warehouse (Jan. 29, 2009)

UL warns of potentially hazardous counterfeit ground rods. (Jan. 28, 2009)

UL warns of counterfeit extension cords found in home remodeling supply chain.  (Jan. 26, 2009)

UL warns of potentially hazardous counterfeit decorative string lighting.  (Jan. 23, 2009)

US Customs reports Fiscal Year 2008 seizures of counterfeit products.  Counterfeit electrical products in top 5 product categories of seizures with seizures up 43% over 2007, with most coming from China and Hong Kong.  (Jan. 8, 2009)

US Customs seizes 16,000 counterfeit heat lamps at Arizona border valued at $205,000 (Dec. 19, 2008)

US Customs seizes 31,000 pieces of counterfeit holiday lights at Port of Newark.  (Dec. 15, 2008)

U.K. trading standard authorities warn of dangers from counterfeit electrical power adaptors sold for use with toys.  (Dec. 13, 2008)

Criminal guilty plea in counterfeit medical imaging software prosecution in federal court in Buffalo, NY (Dec. 9, 2008)

U.K. trading standard authorities warn of dangers from counterfeit electrical hair straighteners.  (Nov. 26, 2008)

UL warns of counterfeit electric signs.  (Oct 20, 2008)

Kuwaiti Fire Service asserts that over half of building fires in Kuwait are attributable to counterfeit electrical appliances.  (Oct. 15, 2008)

UL warns of counterfeit AC adaptors.  (Oct. 8, 2008)

UL warns of counterfeit cordless drill chargers. (Oct. 1, 2008)

UL warns of counterfeit LED decorative lights. (Sept. 30, 2008)

UL warns of counterfeit telecom cable. (Sept. 30, 2008)

Counterfeit batteries seized in Ohio raid. (Aug. 26, 2008)

Counterfeit batteries seized in New York. (July 2, 2008)

UL warns of counterfeit desk lamps. (July 1, 2008)

Wholesale distributor pleads guilty to distributing counterfeit batteries, repackaging damaged or dead batteries as new. (June 27, 2008)

UL warns of counterfeit cell phone chargers.  (June 3, 2008)

UL warns of counterfeit AC adaptors (May 30, 2008)

Florida firm agrees to CPSC recall of counterfeit circuit breakers (May 27, 2008)

Federal prosecutors file action seeking forfeiture of counterfeit switches.  (April 30, 2008)

US Customs and Border Protection seizes in-bond shipment of counterfeit AC/DC adaptors headed to Mexico. (April 28, 2008)

Counterfeit batteries seized in Long Island raid. (April 17, 2008)

Counterfeit surge protectors seized in Alabama flea market. (April 1, 2008). 

Counterfeit lightbulbs and other fake electrical products seized in Tanzania (March 25, 2008)

CSA issues alert for counterfeit electric drill sold in US and Canada. (March 15, 2008)

CSA warns of counterfeit battery packs used to jump start automobiles.  Potential danger of leaking acid cited. (March 12, 2008) 

Manufacturing.net reports on counterfeiting in the electrical sector. (March 6, 2008)

Hong Kong seizes counterfeit mobile phone batteries and power supply products.  Sellers tried to pass goods off as gray market product.  (March 4, 2008)

Counterfeit circuit breaker with no internal parts found in European Community. (February 25, 2008

Underwriters Laboratories warns of counterfeit thermal detectors. (February 14, 2008)

WJLA Video:  Unsafe counterfeit electrical products on store shelves in Washington, DC area (January 28, 2008)

400 cases of counterfeit batteries seized in Brooklyn. (January 18, 2008)

Another CPSC recall of counterfeit circuit breakers announced.  (January 4, 2008)

More counterfeit batteries seized in UK retail stores. (December 27, 2007).

Substandard, counterfeit extension cords with inadequate wire gauge found in New York State retail stores.  (December 23, 2007).

Defective, counterfeit batteries explode in United Kingdom.  Warning issued. (December 23, 2007)

Canadian court sentences seller of exploding counterfeit lightbulbs to one year in jail (December 14, 2007)

US Customs seizes counterfeit lighting products at Port of Long Beach (Nov. 30, 2007)

IBM files lawsuit over counterfeit laptop batteries that catch fire and damage computers. (Nov. 29, 2007)

Counterfeit batteries seized in U.K. (Nov. 16, 2007)

UL warns of counterfeit ground fault circuit interrupters. (Nov. 5, 2007)

US CPSC recalls counterfeit circuit breakers.  (Oct. 31, 2007)

Federal court in Maine enters injunction prohibiting sale of counterfeit circuit breakers.  (Oct. 30, 2007)

Fires in Indonesia linked to counterfeit circuit breakers not meeting safety standards. (October 16, 2007)

Electrocution fatality linked to counterfeit power adaptor purchased in Thailand by vacationing UK family.  (October 15, 2007)

Over eight tons of counterfeit electrical products, including cords and fluorescent lighting, from China seized and destroyed in Tanzania.  (October 5, 2007)

New Brunswick fire marshal orders counterfeit lamps removed from store shelves after reports of consumer injury.  (October 1, 2007)

CSA announces recall for portable generators containing counterfeit and unlisted circuit breakers. (Sept. 27, 2007)

New York City police seize counterfeit night lights as part of large bust.  (Sept. 21, 2007)

CSA alerts consumers to cease using portable generators incorporating substandard counterfeit circuit breakers that do not trip in a timely manner.  (Sept. 20, 2007).

Potentially hazardous plastic switch boxes bearing counterfeit CSA marks recalled in Canada. (Sept. 5, 2007)

Counterfeit electrical contactors, circuit breakers, and relays for low-voltage AC drive systems seized in Philippines. (Sept. 4, 2007).

Counterfeit extension cords seized in North Carolina sting operation.  (Aug. 29, 2007)

UL warns of counterfeit surge protectors that may cause risk of fire or electric shock. (Aug. 21, 2007)

Dangerous counterfeit electrical wiring found at Iraqi housing site for embassy security guards. (July 26, 2007)

CPSC orders recall of flashlights with counterfeit batteries, which can overheat and rupture. (July 17, 2007)

UL warns of counterfeit ground rods.  (July 17, 2007)

Counterfeit electrical wire seized in Uganda. (July 5, 2007)

Two convicted by federal jury of selling $6 mm counterfeit Rockwell Automation software on eBay.  Total convictions now nine, involving combined value of $30mm counterfeit sales.  (June 25, 2007)

UL warns of counterfeit smoke alarms. (June 27, 2007)

SONY prevails in court case in China over counterfeit batteries.  (June 14, 2007)

Counterfeiters in Mexico caught making substandard flat panel TV screens from discarded factory parts.  Criminal complaint filed.  (June 1, 2007).

UL warns of counterfeit lighting fixtures.  (May 31, 2007)

Two liquidators permanently enjoined from selling counterfeit circuit breakers, and agree to recall 85,000 counterfeit circuit breakers and to forfeit 22,000 counterfeit circuit breakers in inventory. (May 30, 2007)

North American Breaker Company permanently enjoined from selling counterfeit circuit breakers, and agrees to recall of counterfeit circuit breakers.  (May 30, 2007)

Guilty plea in Canadian anticounterfeiting prosecution for trafficking in in counterfeit extension cords and power strips.  (May 22, 2007)

Consumer Product Safety Commission warns about counterfeit electrical products.  (May 9, 2007).

Shipment of counterfeit lightbulbs seized in Tanzania. (April 23, 2007).

Canadian parliamentary hearing considers health and safety hazards presented by counterfeit products. Counterfeit batteries cited. (April 2, 2007).