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3M Squashes Sale of Fraudulent PPE

August 21, 2020 3M Squashes Sale of Fraudulent PPE

3M has resolved a lawsuit in federal court in California against multiple sellers on Amazon.com.

3M’s lawsuit, filed earlier this year, alleged Mao Yu and its affiliated companies falsely advertised as third-party resellers affiliated with 3M on Amazon. 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.

The California court issued a stipulated consent judgment and permanent injunction that prohibits the defendants from participating in the fraudulent activity alleged by 3M. Further, the defendants will make a payment of more than US$192,000 to 3M for donation to a COVID-19-related charity.

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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