3M Files Lawsuit Alleging Respirator Price Gouging

June 8, 2020 3M Files Lawsuit Alleging Respirator Price Gouging

3M has filed legal action in California federal court against a seller on

3M’s lawsuit alleges that Mao Yu and his affiliated companies falsely advertised as third-party resellers affiliated with 3M. According to 3M, the resellers claimed to market authentic N95 respirators, while actually selling damaged and fake goods at highly inflated prices, in some cases 20 times 3M’s list price.

3M is seeking an injunction blocking the reseller’s activities and an undisclosed sum of damages. 3M claims any damages awarded will be donated to COVID-19 relief funds. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, 3M has been extremely active in taking action against price gouging and counterfeit equipment. The company has filed similar lawsuits in New York and Canada.

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