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Old 07-08-2007, 07:45 PM   #1
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This was in Friday's Washington Post:


ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY



Police Seize Fake Sports Products

Anne Arundel County police impounded counterfeit merchandise valued at $320,000 from sporting goods stores in Glen Burnie and Pasadena and from vendors at a Pasadena flea market.
The counterfeit merchandise involved mainly National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball jerseys and related items, said Cpl. Mark Shawkey, a police spokesman. Police acted with the help of an investigator hired by the trademark manufacturers, Shawkey said.
The first seizure of clothing and memorabilia occurred June 19 at Charm City Sports in Pasadena. The second seizure was June 23 at Brumwells Flea Market in Pasadena. "Designer handbags, baseball hats, DVDs and sunglasses" were seized from two vendors, police said. Police arrested one of the vendors, Guangding Yu, 53, of Fresh Meadows, N.Y. Police said they seized "shirts and ball caps" June 27 from All Jerseys Store in Glen Burnie.

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Old 07-09-2007, 10:22 AM   #2
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The Baltimore Sun has ALOT more information:

A private investigator working for the National Football League led officers to Charm City Sports in Pasadena on June 19 and the All Jerseys Store in Glen Burnie on June 27, where police seized $30,000 in merchandise, mostly phony jerseys from professional football and baseball teams, many of them legitimately autographed, police and store owners said.

A spokesman for the NFL would not confirm any league involvement in the inquiry, nor would police, but Charm City Sports co-owner Chris Evans said a Bowie-based investigator came to his store and helped police identify items he said were counterfeit.

Investigator Richard Logue, a former Prince George's police officer who specializes in intellectual property matters, did not return calls seeking comment.

"The NFL and many sports leagues work with private investigators and law enforcement to confiscate counterfeit merchandise," said Dan Masonson, spokesman for the NFL. "Counterfeiting is an illegal activity that we take very seriously. The victims are the fans first and foremost, and the retailers who sell the merchandise. The fans are entitled to a superior product used by the NFL and NFL teams."

The NFL has a lucrative licensing deal with Reebok, which makes jerseys and other apparel for all of its 32 teams. The sporting goods companies pay a hefty fee to sell the products, said Marty Brochstein, executive editor of the Licensing Letter, a twice-monthly industry newsletter.

"That's reason enough for the crackdown. Any trademark owner has to enforce its trademarks, otherwise they can lose the right to them," he said. "They have to protect their economic rights."

Evans said that about 150 jerseys were seized from his store, although nearly a third were returned after police determined they were not counterfeit. An additional 50 jerseys had come from a seller he believed had legitimate permission to sell Baltimore Ravens jerseys, he said.

A woman who identified herself as "Mar" at Pro-Am Sportswear, the company at which Evans said he purchased the jerseys, said she had been paid by the Ravens to give jerseys to friends and family members of players around the time of Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. She had done so -- and billed the Ravens -- ever since then, she said, and also made jerseys for sports collectors to use at autographing events with players.

Evans said he bought some for an event he organized with Ravens player Haloti Ngata before last season, when there were no jerseys available for resale.

Kevin Byrne, spokesman for the Ravens, said last night that he was unaware of any such arrangement with the woman and was not in a position to verify her claim.

Although police said charges are pending against Evans and other store owners caught with counterfeit goods, he said he doesn't believe he will be arrested.

"I'm not an expert, I can't tell the difference between what's legitimate and what's not," he said. "And if I'm guilty, so is every dealer in the country. What they took out of my store, they'd be able to go to every store in the country and do the same thing. I don't make money on phony jerseys, I make money on autographs."

David Cook, owner of the All Jerseys Store, said he had not been charged with a crime, and had been "embarrassed" by the raid June 23.

He said he was "bamboozled" by a dealer selling counterfeit goods worth several thousand dollars and had contacted Reebok and other reputable wholesalers so he would not make the same mistake twice.

Cook said he wants to get merchandise directly from the manufacturer, but they make it difficult for small retailers to open an account.

"Reebok wants two of your kids, your house and your car to get an account with them," he said.
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Old 07-09-2007, 06:17 PM   #3
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I like how the guy sells these things for a living... but then says I am not an expert... I can't tell what's legitimate and what's not"...

I really hate these knock off dealers.. they see the bucks and don't think of the fan.
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Now I have a reason to hate MD more, along with there horrible drivers!
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Now I have a reason to hate MD more, along with there horrible drivers!
lol.... but I hate to tell you that this crap is in every state... just these guys got caught. The guy who claims to not be an expert sells on Ebay alot too.
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lol.... but I hate to tell you that this crap is in every state... just these guys got caught. The guy who claims to not be an expert sells on Ebay alot too.

True...counterfeiting IS in every state, but Maryland does have HORRIBLE drivers.
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True...counterfeiting IS in every state, but Maryland does have HORRIBLE drivers.
OK... I will agree with BOTH points... especially in Baltimore... almost as bad as DC
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All I know is that unless the prices come down on some of these redskins jerseys, I will continue to buy knock off ones off ebay. 300 bucks for a real jersey is absolutely insane!
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Virginia drivers are so bad, the state had to start levying $ 1,000 fines for speeding - but whose drivers are worst can be debated - however, what cant be debated is Virginia has the best dog fighting operations in the country
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I was surprised to learn that many MD drivers look down upon PA drivers. After living in MD for a year (and PA for a lifetime) I can say with authority that MD drivers are far inferior than their northern neighbors.
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Maryland driver do suck, but my god PA drivers are the worste I actually watch out for PA plates so i can avoid them
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:42 AM   #12
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All I know is that unless the prices come down on some of these redskins jerseys, I will continue to buy knock off ones off ebay. 300 bucks for a real jersey is absolutely insane!
As long as you know what your paying for... I think it is great... The point is for the mother who buys something for the kid to wear to school thinking she got the real deal...
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Maryland driver do suck, but my god PA drivers are the worste I actually watch out for PA plates so i can avoid them
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Old 08-21-2007, 06:40 PM   #14
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I just saw this posted on another site... it has the tv story.... I love how it is the "big bad NFL coming after the little guy".... just because he is selling knock offs:

wjz.com - A.A. Co. Police Crack Down On Counterfeit Jerseys
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Maryland driver do suck, but my god PA drivers are the worste I actually watch out for PA plates so i can avoid them
I live in Pa ..I have to agree with you...LOL
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