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House Lawmakers Plan July 18 Hearing on Online Counterfeit Sales

July 11, 2019, 7:26 PM

A House panel is planning a hearing to discuss possible legislation to combat counterfeit goods in online marketplaces.

The House Judiciary Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet Subcommittee will weigh the issue July 18, a GOP committee aide told Bloomberg Law.

The hearing is “an opportunity to brainstorm legislative fixes” to tackle counterfeits, the aide said.

Consumer safety groups and branded goods makers are increasingly complaining about the proliferation of knockoffs, including fake mobile devices and drugs online, that they say can harm consumers and diminish brand value.

House lawmakers met last month with representatives from Amazon.com Inc., eBay Inc., and other companies to discuss ways to block sales of online counterfeit goods and best practices for trademark protection and consumer safety.

To contact the reporter on this story: Malathi Nayak in Washington at mnayak@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at kperine@bloomberglaw.com