Mobile Star Sued by Apple for Selling Counterfeit Products on Amazon

Mobile Star LLC, a company involved in selling counterfeit Apple products on Amazon, such as power adapters and charging cables, has been sued by Apple for damages and equitable relief, PatentlyApple reports. Apple notes that Mobile Star also supplied Groupon with dangerous counterfeit Apple power products, that Groupon then sold to consumers through Groupon’s e-commerce platform.

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The source notes that Apple purchased the power products from Amazon and determined that they were counterfeit. Apple was informed by Amazon that Mobile Star was the source of those particular counterfeit power products purchased by Apple. Consistent with majority of comments about counterfeit power products, the counterfeit Apple power products that Amazon sourced from Mobile Star pose a danger to consumer safety.

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“Over the last nine months, Apple, as part of its ongoing brand protection efforts, has purchased well over 100 iPhone devices, Apple power products, and Lightning cables sold as genuine by sellers on and delivered through Amazon’s “Fulfillment by Amazon” program. Apple’s internal examination and testing for these products revealed almost 90% of these products are counterfeit. Apple is concerned that consumers are being deceived into purchasing counterfeit products on and elsewhere in the mistaken belief that they are purchasing genuine Apple products”.

The trademark infringement case was filed by Apple in the California Northern District Court, San Francisco. To learn more, click here.

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  • Kael

    It amazes me that these products are allowed to be imported. They have been shown to not even meet safety standards. That is why a $5 charger will literally kill you.

  • Amazon also needs to do a better job of regulating third party sellers, especially when listings like the ones above look ‘genuine’, but they’re far from it.

  • sukisszoze

    I stayed away from these third party resellers claiming their cables work with Apple. Most of them tend to stop after an iOS upgrade. The only third party ones I got are the ones marketed as “AmazonBasics”…unlikely Amazon will be putting its name on counterfeit goods.