Amazon and Yeti Coolers, LLC have jointly filed a lawsuit against two U.S.-based individuals for counterfeiting Yeti’s products, including Yeti’s popular Rambler mug. The defendants, said company officials, attempted to offer the infringing products in Amazon’s store, violating Amazon’s policies, Yeti’s intellectual property rights, and the law.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and alleges the defendants, who reside in San Diego, CA, operated in concert with each other in their attempts to sell counterfeit Yeti products. Amazon closed the selling accounts and refunded impacted customers.
“We do not allow counterfeits in our store and we take aggressive action to hold bad actors that attempt to evade our proactive protections accountable,” said Cristina Posa, associate general counsel and director, Amazon Counterfeit Crimes Unit. “We appreciate Yeti’s close cooperation throughout this investigation.”
“Yeti works aggressively to protect our consumers, our intellectual property rights, and our brand from the actions of counterfeiters and those who facilitate the importation and sale of counterfeit goods,” said Bryan Barksdale, svp/general counsel and secretary at Yeti. “We appreciate Amazon’s commitment to this shared objective.”
Amazon and the U.S. government’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) recently launched a joint operation to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the U.S. and help protect American consumers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and DHL are also supporting the operation.