A preliminary injunction has been issued to shut down 60 websites through which counterfeit golf clubs, balls, head covers and bags were being sold. The restraining order also froze all PayPal accounts associated with the websites and transferred existing funds to a holding account until the legal process is complete.
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 through which counterfeit golf clubs and products were reportedly being sold.
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 golf 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.”
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.
“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.”
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