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FDA commissioner talks counterfeit drugsupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 16:53:00

Few Americans think twice about whether their medicine bottle really contains what it says on the label.

Feds seize $5 million in fake Super Bowl memorabiliaupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 13:50:00

Federal authorities Tuesday announced they had seized more than 50,000 team hats, shirts and other items of phony Super Bowl-related memorabilia and related counterfeit items valued at more than $5 million.

Are we sure our drugs are safe?updated: Wed Feb 01 2012 10:51:00

When Americans pick up their prescriptions from the pharmacy or reach for a prescription bottle from their medicine cabinet, they probably don't think much about where the drugs were made or whether they are safe. Michael McCann: Examining pros and cons of NFL clean zones as lawsuit nears trialupdated: Tue Jan 31 2012 11:00:00

On Sunday, Super Bowl XLVI will be played in Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Stadium. In addition to watching the biggest game of the year, the more than 70,000 fans in attendance and the millions viewing at home will see numerous advertisements and promotions. The NFL, obviously, will decide what fans see. Companies will pay the NFL for that privilege and they will want it to be as exclusive as possible.

Poles protest bill on intellectual property rightsupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 18:59:00

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of Poland over the signing of an international treaty to enforce intellectual property rights on the Internet.

Manila's forgers graduate with honors from 'Recto University'updated: Tue Jan 17 2012 07:48:00

If you don't have the time, inclination and, more importantly, the money to go to university in Manila, you can still get a degree. It will cost you between $US10 and $US60, it will take about two hours to complete and it will be fake.

'Hot' NHL jerseys seized at cold Winter Classic in Philadelphiaupdated: Tue Jan 03 2012 15:10:00

Federal agents and Philadelphia police seized about $350,000 worth of counterfeit NHL jerseys and other fake merchandise from street vendors and international mailers at the Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and the Philadelphia Flyers.

Administration launches campaign against counterfeit goodsupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 22:48:00

In an effort to confront the growing problem of global counterfeiting of U.S. consumer goods, the government Tuesday launched a campaign designed to grab the public's attention.

150 domain names shut down in probe of counterfeit goodsupdated: Mon Nov 28 2011 14:29:00

U.S. officials used Cyber Monday to announce court orders shutting down 150 domain names of commercial websites they say were selling "many millions" of dollars worth of counterfeit goods.

Anti-piracy bill meets Web-freedom backlashupdated: Fri Nov 18 2011 13:12:00

A bill moving through Congress is intended, on its surface at least, to do something relatively simple: Crack down on the illegal pirating of movies, music and other copyrighted material.

WikiLeaks cables detail Apple's battle with counterfeits in Chinaupdated: Tue Aug 30 2011 02:19:00

Apple was slow to act against the booming counterfeit industry in China and other Asian countries, according to cables obtained by WikiLeaks.

Counterfeits in the grape wall of Chinaupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 00:07:00

Wine tastings in Hong Kong begin the same way as anywhere else in the world: Connoisseurs are poured a vintage, they hold it up to the light to look at the color, they swirl the wine in the glass and savor the bouquet, they take small sips to assess the wine's tangy tannin-like "finish."

Selling fake Super Bowl merchandiseupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 17:52:00

If the price on that Super Bowl jersey is too good to be true, look a bit closer. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

Another Super Bowl custom: Busting flea markets full of fake gearupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 17:52:00

Counterfeiters -- agnostic toward NFL teams, antagonistic towards trademark laws -- are flooding the U.S. with fake NFL jerseys. The Bonus: Behind the scenes with Major League Baseball's authentication processupdated: Fri Dec 17 2010 10:23:00

It's the top of the first inning in Game 2 of the NLCS in Philadelphia, and Roy Oswalt is getting ready to throw his sixth pitch of the game. The Philadelphia Phillies' righthander has a 1-0 count on San Francisco Giants second baseman Freddy Sanchez with one out and the bases empty. Oswalt struck out Andres Torres to lead off the game, giving the electric Citizens Bank Park crowd an energy boost they've taken into this at-bat.

CNNMoney: Playing Russian roulette with fake drugsupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 05:37:00

Last year, 84 young children died in Nigeria after they used a counterfeit teething medication. The product contained diethylene glycol, a chemical found in antifreeze, instead of glycerin, a sweet and harmless syrup.

CNNMoney: Flawed new $100 bill, $110 billion Fed headacheupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 05:15:00

More than 1.1 billion new $100 bills have been put into quarantine while officials search for a solution to a printing problem that has rendered some of the bills unusable, an official familiar with the situation said Monday.

Feds shut down 82 websites selling Chinese-made counterfeit goodsupdated: Mon Nov 29 2010 16:23:00

Federal agents highlighted Cyber Monday, a peak day for online shopping, by seizing 82 websites selling Chinese-made counterfeit products in a crackdown designed to severely sting criminals in the pocketbook.

Police arrest 600, seize $50 million in fake goods in Latin Americaupdated: Fri Oct 01 2010 10:33:00

Police have arrested 600 people and seized $50 million in fake goods in 13 Latin American nations, Interpol said Friday.

9 tons of fake medicine seized in East Africaupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 10:54:00

Authorities have seized 9,072 kilograms (20,000 pounds) of counterfeit medicine and arrested 80 people suspected of illegal trafficking in six East African nations, Interpol said Thursday.

CNNMoney: Barefoot shoes try to outrace the black marketupdated: Fri Aug 13 2010 05:25:00

Imagine: You make a really ugly shoe, but one that takes a unique approach to ergonomics. A best-selling book heaps praise on your funny-looking footwear. A scientific study in a national journal confirms your shoe's structural excellence. Athletes go ballistic about your shoe, creating fan websites and buying the shoes faster than you can supply retailers.

Man accused of posting bail with counterfeit billsupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 19:20:00

Police say a Camden, New Jersey, man had the audacity to return to the jail where he posted a $400 bond with counterfeit bills, demanding a refund.

Fortune: Is Allergan responsible for Botox counterfeits?updated: Wed Jun 09 2010 17:17:00

Allergan is in a tough spot. It manufactures Botox, the blockbuster cosmetic product that's made with a diluted form of the most potent toxin on the planet. America's favorite smile-line smoother is safe to use, but a new paper in Scientific American suggests that the global market for the cosmetic treatment could indirectly create an international security threat -- one that Allergan should help sidestep.

Police arrest 9 in Spanish counterfeit ringupdated: Fri Mar 26 2010 09:34:00

Police in Spain have arrested nine people suspected of bringing the equivalent to $40,000 a week (30,000 euros) in fake bills into Spain, authorities said Friday.

Authorities seize more than $26 million worth of 'knockoffs'updated: Mon Dec 14 2009 14:33:00

More than $26 million worth of counterfeit clothing, electronics, DVDs, holiday ornaments and other consumer goods are now in the hands of authorities after a nationwide series of raids.

High court sidesteps fake currency caseupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 16:02:00

The Supreme Court sidestepped the issue of counterfeit conspiracy Monday in a case that asks how realistic fake money can be before it warrants criminal charges.

Fortune: Turning to tech to suss out fake drugsupdated: Fri Feb 20 2009 12:11:00

As consumers everywhere look to scale back their discretionary spending, many people are cutting corners in what could turn out to be the worst possible place - their drugs - and falling prey to a dangerous new breed of pharmaceutical counterfeiters. Thanks to a spiraling economy and the loss of health insurance that typically accompanies job loss (not to mention huge profits for perpetrators) the global market for knock-off drugs is expected to reach a staggering $75 billion next year, according to a recent report by The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. The World Health Organization estimates that 10% of the global pharmaceutical supply is counterfeit, and the number is accelerating, especially in developing nations.

Italian police bust European counterfeit ringupdated: Wed Jan 28 2009 08:49:00

Italian police say they've made 96 arrests after busting a European counterfeiting and money laundering ring.

Fighting the growing menace of fake drugsupdated: Wed Jan 14 2009 12:59:00

A slim, easy-to-use device that checks the authenticity of medicines would be available in every pharmacy if Facundo Fernandez had his way.

Poisoned medicine kills dozens of children in Nigeriaupdated: Thu Dec 18 2008 10:12:00

Nneka and Chimezie Ononaku unwittingly poisoned their own four-month-old son Chinonso.

F1 drives out black marketupdated: Mon Aug 18 2008 09:49:00

Formula One prides itself on authenticity. It's the world's premier motorsport series, where nothing but the very best is good enough. Tiffany Appeals eBay Counterfeiting Decisionupdated: Mon Aug 11 2008 15:00:00

Tiffany & Co. challenged Monday a federal ruling that largely absolved eBay Inc. of policing its auction site for counterfeit items, saying the judge was wrong to leave the primary burden to the jewelry maker

Counterfeiters zoom in on fake Ferrarisupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 05:53:00

If a vintage Ferrari for $30,000 sounds too good to be true, that's probably because it is.

'The Counterfeiters' proves it's no fake at the Oscarsupdated: Tue Feb 26 2008 13:20:00

With recent offerings ranging from "Downfall" to the "The Pianist," it is hard to imagine a tale about the Holocaust that has not been told before.

Oscars 2008: Best Foreign Language film nominationsupdated: Mon Feb 25 2008 07:29:00

Each year, any country in the non-English speaking world that wants to be in with a chance of winning must choose just one film to represent the entire output of their country's filmmaking industry. The Counterfeiters Lauds Real Human Willupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 11:40:00

What is the best form of resistance when the world around you is corrupts? The Oscar-nominated film The Counterfeiters argues that survival trumps all. China's Most Wanted Counterfeiter updated: Wed Jan 16 2008 10:00:00

Yuan Hongwei is accused of not just pirating a U.S. glue manufacturer's products but copying the whole company. He has jumped bail and become an unlikely Chinese folk hero

10 charged with smuggling fake Nikes, other goods into U.S.updated: Thu Dec 06 2007 08:52:00

Ten members of an international smuggling ring have been arrested and charged with paying more than $500,000 in bribes to smuggle millions of dollars in fake designer goods from China to the United States, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

CNNMoney: Philip Morris sues retailers over knockoffsupdated: Wed Sep 26 2007 05:56:00

Philip Morris USA filed suit against 105 New Jersey and New York retailers Wednesday, alleging they sold counterfeit versions of Marlboro brand cigarettes.

CNNMoney: Lincoln's $5 bill gets a colorful makeoverupdated: Thu Sep 20 2007 01:14:00

Honest Abe will become Colorful Abe with splashes of purple and gray livening up the $5 bill.

CNNMoney: China: Big Pharma's new New Jerseyupdated: Tue Aug 14 2007 03:40:00

U.S. drugmakers are investing heavily in China, but experts say the People's Republic needs to cast off its image as a maker of toxic recalls before it can rival New Jersey - home of half of the world's top 10 pharmaceutical companies - as a big hub for Big Pharma.

Faking it: Piracy poses headache for Olympicsupdated: Tue Jul 31 2007 07:31:00

At a stall in a crowded street market in Mong Kok, one of Hong Kong's many busy shopping districts, a vendor with a quick whip of his hands produces from behind a plywood wall a set of Beijing Olympics key rings. They are perfect rubber replicas of the five Olympics mascots: the Fuwas.

CNNMoney: Germany cracks down on eBay's fakesupdated: Fri Jul 27 2007 02:51:00

eBay Inc. disclosed on Friday that Germany's top court ruled several months ago that the world's largest online auctioneer must do more to halt the sale of counterfeit goods on its site. $500 Million Pirating Ring Bustedupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 16:00:00

Chinese police have busted up two criminal organizations and seized pirated software worth half a billion dollars, the culmination of two years of work with the FBI

CNNMoney: Tainted toothpaste more widespreadupdated: Thu Jun 28 2007 03:35:00

Tainted toothpaste that entered the United States from China last month was distributed more widely than the discount stores that carried them, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Radio tags could make jewelry more secureupdated: Wed Jun 13 2007 13:27:00

The diamond ring of the future will radiate its unique beauty -- quite literally -- thanks to a minuscule radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip embedded in it. U.S., Korean Envoys Continue Talksupdated: Tue Jun 12 2007 13:25:00

U.S. and South Korean envoys in the North Korea nuclear disarmament talks met amid reports that Russia had proposed a solution to an impasse over Pyongyang's access to a frozen $25 million

Business 2.0: Smart technology fights online fakesupdated: Wed Mar 14 2007 16:08:00

This is already shaping up to be a banner year for one Internet industry. Unfortunately, it's the fraud business.

CNNMoney: Wines sold as rare may be fakeupdated: Tue Mar 06 2007 06:15:00

Federal prosecutors looking into allegations of counterfeit wine sales have sent subpoenas to rare-wine collectors and to some of the world's leading auction houses, including Christie's in London and Zachys in New York, according to a published report.

Business 2.0: 6 Smart Tech Fights Fakesupdated: Thu Mar 01 2007 00:01:00

This is already shaping up to be a banner year for one Internet industry. Unfortunately, it's the fraud business. Though official numbers are scarce, online protection company MarkMonitor says a re...

CNNMoney: Counterfeit bills reportedly on the riseupdated: Tue Feb 27 2007 07:06:00

The amount of counterfeiting is on the rise, according to a published report, helped by the use of digital scanners and printers.

CNNMoney: Fake parts reportedly cost Ford $1Bupdated: Mon Jan 22 2007 07:43:00

Counterfeit auto parts are costing Ford Motor Co. $1 billion a year, according to a published report.

Seattle case raises questions about war on terrorupdated: Mon Dec 18 2006 15:42:00

Where in the world is Ruben Shumpert?

CNNMoney: Radio tags not yet tuning out fake drugsupdated: Thu Oct 12 2006 12:01:00

Imagine this: a worldwide network of radio-tagged pharmaceuticals, weeding out the multi-billion dollar counterfeit drug market with a universal security system.

CNNMoney: U.S. Customs relaxes enforcement on drugs from Canadaupdated: Wed Oct 04 2006 14:56:00

The U.S. Customs department is relaxing its enforcement on the importation from Canada of pharmaceutical drugs for personal use, much to the ire of the industry's trade organization.

FDA: Bird flu 'remedies' not so helpfulupdated: Tue May 23 2006 17:28:00

Type "avian flu" or "bird flu" into an Internet browser, and you will find Web sites selling "generic Tamiflu," herbal cures, and many other ways to fight the illness.

Macau focus of push on NK activityupdated: Thu May 18 2006 19:44:00

The Chinese enclave of Macau is known for its gambling, sex trade and Chinese gangsters, with intrigue and shady deals long part of its landscape.

Money Magazine: Not exactly counterfeitupdated: Wed Apr 26 2006 16:34:00

(FORTUNE Magazine) - Gee, counterfeit products are getting so realistic!

NK refuses to return to nuke talksupdated: Tue Mar 07 2006 20:21:00

U.S. officials have sought to reassure North Korea that a financial crackdown on firms suspected of aiding Pyongyang through alleged counterfeiting is not linked to talks over North Korea's nuclear program.

CNNMoney: New $10 bill rolls out Thursdayupdated: Thu Mar 02 2006 06:21:00

The new $10 bill starts to circulate Thursday, as the third more colorful bill designed to thwart counterfeiters is rolled out.

CNNMoney: Keeping tabs on Viagra et alupdated: Thu Jan 26 2006 11:45:00

Big Brother is watching your Viagra. And your OxyContin. And, within five years, maybe the rest of your medicine cabinet, too.

CNNMoney: Color printer as people finder?updated: Wed Oct 19 2005 08:01:00

If you want to go into hiding, get rid of your color printer.

CNNMoney: U.S. introduces colorful new $10updated: Wed Sep 28 2005 09:22:00

A redesigned $10 bill with new background colors meant to thwart counterfeiters was unveiled Wednesday at a ceremony on Ellis Island in New York Harbor.

CNNMoney: ATM fraud blamed on lax securityupdated: Tue Aug 02 2005 07:54:00

Online identity thieves are costing banks as much as a million dollars a month by exploiting lax security at automated teller machines, according to a published report.

CNNMoney: Warner opens new front in piracy war?updated: Thu Jun 09 2005 09:41:00

Locked in an epic battle over home video piracy in China, Warner Bros. Entertainment apparently is trying a new tactic and one that the movie studio would be highly unlikely to try at home.

showbuzzupdated: Fri Jun 03 2005 16:11:00

Get out! Former "Seinfeld" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus will play the title role in a new CBS sitcom "Old Christine," which is on the network's midseason roster.

CNNMoney: CVS shuns secondary drugsupdated: Wed May 25 2005 08:00:00

In an effort to avoid counterfeit drugs, CVS Corp. said it will no longer buy pharmaceuticals from wholesalers that trade in the secondary drug market.

U.S. shoemaker faces Chinese 'gall factor'updated: Thu May 19 2005 00:22:00

U.S. athletic shoemaker New Balance is worried about China.

Fortune: LOUIS VUITTON TESTS A NEW WAY TO FIGHT THE FAUXupdated: Mon May 16 2005 00:01:00

IN THE HARSHLY LIT BACKROOM OF A storefront in New York City's Chinatown, there hangs what appears to be millions of dollars' worth of merchandise. Hundreds of bags bearing the Louis Vuitton logo a...

FSB: How DNA Can Protect Your Brandupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 00:01:00

APPLIED DNA Founded by Larry Lee

Accused Ahmed Chalabi returns to Iraqupdated: Wed Aug 11 2004 13:27:00

Controversial politician Ahmed Chalabi returned to Iraq on Wednesday to face an arrest warrant accusing him of counterfeiting.

Chalabis: Charges 'ridiculous'updated: Mon Aug 09 2004 09:01:00

Former Iraqi exile leader Ahmed Chalabi and his nephew, the head of the war crimes tribunal, say they will return to Iraq to face what they have called "ridiculous" criminal charges.

CNNMoney: New $50 bill debut setupdated: Wed Jun 30 2004 09:11:00

The new multi-colored $50 bill will be released Sept. 28, the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday.

CNNMoney: New $50 bills unveiledupdated: Mon Apr 26 2004 10:24:00

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing Monday unveiled a redesigned version of the $50 bill, the latest in a series of currency redesigns intended to thwart counterfeiters.

Money Magazine: Small Business Finding an idea in the subway Lynne Lambert, Mount Kisco, N.Y.updated: Sat Nov 01 2003 00:01:00

For many New Yorkers, the subway is a necessary evil, an often frustrating part of the city dweller's quest to get from here to there. For Lynne Lambert, it was an idea hiding in plain sight. "I ro...

Business 2.0: Forging Terror How rapid advances in scanning, printing, and other technologies have made counterfeiting a updated: Sun Dec 01 2002 00:01:00

There wasn't much about Mark Madrane that would have tipped anyone off to what he was really up to. He was a devout Muslim but almost never talked about his religion, acquaintances say. He worked t...

Fortune: Beijing's Phony War On Fakes Welcome to the People's Republic of Counterfeiting, where everything from soap to software is piratupdated: Mon Oct 30 2000 00:01:00

The three-story building in Pinghu had been raided a month earlier for making fake Rolexes. So when a team of Chinese government agents knocked on the door of the Wei Da watch factory in Guangdong ...

Fortune: Spy vs. Spy This pseudo-sleuth thought he was taking our man for a ride. He couldn't have been more wrong.updated: Mon Feb 01 1999 00:01:00

The dispatches from John Quirk arrived by telephone at breakneck speed:

Money Magazine: A New Look, Sure To Be Copiedupdated: Tue Sep 01 1998 00:01:00

The $20 bill the Treasury Department will unveil this fall to combat counterfeiting still features Andrew Jackson's portrait. Good thing. Judging by the new $20's outdated approach to security, Old...


When mega-author Michael Crichton writes, many trees fall. Alfred A. Knopf, the publisher of his latest novel, Airframe, has ordered up a massive two-million print run for starters. There's a $10 m...

Fortune: FORTUNE'S INVISIBLE MANupdated: Mon May 27 1996 00:01:00

Nothing in the photo above is what it appears to be--including senior writer David Stipp, who's modeling a collection of counterfeit goods: Calvin Klein ball cap, Nike and Rolex watches, Ray Bans, ...


One day last September, private investigator Douglas Erb sought enlightenment, as he often does, sitting in the back of a parked truck in central Los Angeles. Hidden behind a black glass window, he...


It's hard to resist the temptation to buy when you see the fancy fakes sidewalk vendors display. But pick the wrong thing, and you will look like a phony--or a fool--to those who know the genuine a...


The Chinese military is making threatening gestures in the direction of Taiwan. U.S.-China tensions are mounting over human rights. Can America afford to slap a billion dollars of punitive tariffs ...

Money Magazine: CUT YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING STUCK WITH A BOGUS BILLupdated: Mon Jan 01 1996 00:01:00

IN THE FIRST MAJOR PAPER CURRENCY REdesign since 1929, the Treasury Department created the new C-note pictured below, which could begin circulating as early as next month, to thwart counterfeiters....

Fortune: BIOTECH MAKES ITS MARK ON COUNTERFEITSupdated: Mon Jul 24 1995 00:01:00

Stopping counterfeiters is a relentless battle for brand manufacturers, whose detection systems are foiled by ever clever copiers. The International Anticounterfeiting Coalition Inc. in Washington,...


China's flagrant piracy of American pop music, movies, and computer software is more than the biggest rip-off in global commerce. It's also the latest evidence of the growing and increasingly visib...

Fortune: JAPAN'S TURN TO CRY 'COPYCAT' . . .updated: Mon May 17 1993 00:01:00

Once renowned as the masters of imitation, Japanese manufacturers of consumer electronics are learning how it feels to fight a war against copycats. A 1992 survey by the Ministry of International T...

Fortune: NEW BILLSupdated: Mon Sep 09 1991 00:01:00

Each year just $14 million in counterfeit U.S. bills gets into circulation -- a tiny fraction of the $268 billion circulating worldwide. But digital photocopiers could make funny money a lot easier...

Fortune: HOW COPYCATS STEAL BILLIONS Foreign theft of ideas and innovations, from hit songs to computer software, has become a huge headaupdated: Mon Apr 22 1991 00:01:00

TWO YEARS AGO in Milan, a squad of court officers and lawyers burst into the gloomy headquarters of Montedison, Italy's chemical giant. Sweeping through the building, they ordered employees at comp...

Fortune: NEW PROFITS FROM PATENTS A legal revolution is helping companies protect product ideas and wrest fatter license fees from rivalsupdated: Mon Apr 25 1988 00:01:00

FORTUNES HAVE been made and lost over the ownership of ideas. The concept of intellectual property takes on special urgency in high-technology businesses because invention is the industry's stock i...

Fortune: Forgery foilerupdated: Mon Feb 29 1988 00:01:00

Contemplating a career as a counterfeiter? Put your ascot back in the drawer. A laser technology developed by the Light Signatures subsidiary of Telecredit has exposed fakes of everything from Levi...

Fortune: THE HIDDEN THREAT TO AIR SAFETY A pernicious problem with aircraft maintenance is coming to light. No one wants to talk about itupdated: Mon Apr 13 1987 00:01:00

ONE AFTERNOON last October, New York City commuters heard a terrifying traffic report over their car radios. From an Enstrom F-28 helicopter circling over the banks of the Hudson River, WNBC report...

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