Operation Red Zone: Keeping Super Bowl Merchandise Honest

Speaking at a National Football League (NFL) news conference Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director John Morton and NFL Vice President for Legal Affairs Anastasia Danias announced the record-breaking results of a nationwide enforcement operation. The initiative, dubbed ‘Operation Red Zone,’ commenced Sept. 1, 2012, and targeted international shipments of counterfeit merchandise as […]

US and Mexico Gear Up for Christmas with Operation Holiday Hoax

The National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced the kickoff of Operation Holiday Hoax, an effort to track down those who are selling counterfeit and pirated products this holiday season.   The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)–led IPR Center is working with partners U.S. Customs and Border Protection […]

Customs Targets Websites Selling Counterfeits for Cyber Monday

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), law enforcement agencies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Romania and the United Kingdom, and the European Police Office (Europol) seized 132 domain names today that were illegally selling counterfeit merchandise online to unsuspecting consumers. The 132 domain names seized are part of Project Cyber Monday 3 […]

Homeland Security’s Operation Fashion Faux Pas

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed state search warrants this week against five local vendors and seized more than $200,000 worth of goods, capping a six month crackdown on Orange County retailers suspected of selling counterfeit merchandise called Operation Fashion Faux Pas. This week’s enforcement actions are […]

Homeland Security Seizes Nearly 800 Counterfeit Sports Team Hats and Jerseys

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized 795 counterfeit items in New Orleans Tuesday with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $29,630. The seized items include counterfeit National Football League jerseys, hats bearing the logos of National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League teams, […]

Paraguayan Authorities and Homeland Security Seize More Than $34 Million in Counterfeit Goods

Over the past 15 months, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has provided extensive training and capacity building to Paraguay’s customs office and other Paraguayan law enforcement partners. This training has been very successful, as Paraguayan authorities, working closely with the HSI Buenos Aires attaché, are making extensive seizures of counterfeit […]

Homeland Security Seizes 686 Websites Selling Counterfeit Medicine

In the largest operation of its kind, 100 countries took part in an international week of action targeting the online sale of counterfeit and illegal medicines. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), in coordination with the Department of Justice, seized 686 websites this week that were illegally selling counterfeit pharmaceuticals. The […]

Members of Counterfeit Nike Sneaker Ring Face Up to 5 Years in Prison and $250,000 Fine

Five individuals have pleaded guilty to conspiring to import misclassified merchandise. Each faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine. This case is being investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). “The trademark laws in the United States were created to protect the investment of American […]

Customs seizes $18 million in Counterfeit Contact Lenses and Merchandise

Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and officers from the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD), the San Juan Police Department (SJPD) and the Puerto Rico Department of Health’s Office of Investigations seized more than $18 million in counterfeit contact lenses and […]

PRACTICAL TIP: Top ROI for Your Legal Dollars

Based on our experience, some of the best uses of resources on legal advice and assistance for businesses and entrepreneurs (from a “bang for your buck” perspective) are: Forming an LLC, Corporation or other limited liability entity. This can protect personal assets from business debts, judgment, and lawsuits. USPTO / Federal US Trademark Registration. This can […]