Republic Tobacco’s efforts to stop the sale of fake products have continued unabated during the COVID-19 crisis, as the company has been meeting this illegal behavior head-on with aggressive actions nationwide.
Company officials from Republic have only stepped up their work with federal and state law enforcement agents, pursuing coordinated police raids, government enforcement actions, civil suits and counterfeit product seizures.
These counterfeit products pose a grave risk to consumers; they are often made using unsafe manufacturing practices, and many contain unknown and dangerous ingredients.
“The bad guys don’t stop, so we won’t stop — ever,” said Republic CEO Don Levin. “Even at a time like this when an international crisis has essentially lowered the gates on most cities and significantly slowed many businesses, we won’t quit doing everything within our power to stop those who seek to profit from selling counterfeit products.”
Along those lines, a Nevada District Court judge granted Republic’s request for attorneys’ fees in excess of $100,000 in July, bringing to more than $800,000 the statutory damages and fines assessed against a Chinese national and his company for selling counterfeit versions of Republic’s TOP- and JOB-brand cigarette rolling papers.
Last month, a Tennessee District Court judge allowed all of Republic’s claims against a Tennessee resident and his company, Smoke Dreams, to proceed.