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Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group's Efforts Leads to Elimination of 60 Counterfeit Websites
The U.S. Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group has announced that a preliminary injunction has been issued by the Southern District Court of Florida to shut down 60 websites where counterfeit clubs and products were reportedly being sold. This marks yet another important victory in the Golf Group's efforts to fight counterfeiting and protect consumers.
When a final judgment is rendered, visitors going to many of the websites will ultimately be redirected to keepgolfreal.com where they can find more information about how to avoid being duped by counterfeiters.
The counterfeit products being sold from the 60 websites included clubs, balls, head covers and bags. In addition to shutting down the websites, the restraining order also froze all PayPal accounts associated with them and transferred existing funds to a holding account until the legal process is complete.
"Consumers around the world have been duped into purchasing fake clubs from websites like these," said Dave Cardero, spokesperson for TaylorMade-adidas. "Information they provide is used in litigation like this to make sure others aren't victimized in the future."
"We know there are rogue websites on the internet selling fakes," said Brian Lynch, senior vice president, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Callaway. "It might not be possible to shut down all of them at once, but every site we do shut down protects thousands of consumers from these criminals."
This is not the first time the Golf Group has employed this tactic in fighting the production and sale of counterfeit clubs. In 2012, the Golf Group successfully shut down more than 250 websites selling fake golf products.
The Golf Group is dedicated to educating consumers about how to spot and avoid fake golf products and operates its own website, www.keepgolfreal.com.
As a result of the Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group's petitioning efforts, dozens of successful raids of manufacturing, warehouse, assembly and retail facilities have been executed by Chinese law enforcement and civil enforcement authorities since 2004.
About the Golf Manufacturers Anti-Counterfeiting Working Group
The Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group consists of five of the most well-known golf companies in the world - Acushnet Company whose brands are Titleist, FootJoy and Scotty Cameron; Callaway-Odyssey; Cleveland Golf, Srixon and Never Compromise; PING; and TaylorMade-adidas Golf and Ashworth. Since 2004, the Golf Anti-Counterfeiting Group has worked with international law enforcement and government agencies to conduct raids and investigations of counterfeit operations, as well as raise public awareness of the issue. In 2012, the Golf Group's efforts with the help of Chinese law enforcement led to the seizure of more than 500,000 counterfeit golf products highlighted by a clustering campaign initiative resulting in the arrest of more than 30 suspects from raids of 14 different locations.