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News   September 16, 2003   by Auto Service World

Counterfeiting Seminar Attracting High Profile Participants


A seminar on parts counterfeiting is attracting the attention of the U.S. federal government.
Mike Castellano, trade counsel for the Ways and Means Committee (Democrats) and trade and tax counsel to Rep. Sander M. Levin (D-Mich.), have been added to the speaker line- up for “Counterfeiting and Non-Compliant Parts in the Automotive Industry: How to Address a $12 Billion Problem” — scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Dearborn Hyatt, Dearborn, Mich.
The one-day seminar is presented by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its three market segment associations — Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA) and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA).
The event is sponsored by Foley and Lardner. Castellano will join a panel discussion of the government’s role in addressing counterfeiting and non-compliant parts. Also on the panel are Michael Hathaway, partner, Nathan Associates Inc.; Nancy Kratzer, assistant director, fraud investigations, National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center; and Susan Tong, Office of the Chinese Economic Area, U.S. Department of Commerce.
The seminar also will include displays of non-compliant and counterfeit products. Members of MEMA and its three market segment associations can attend the seminar for $295 U.S. if registered before Friday, Sept. 19, or $395 U.S. after Sept. 19. The non-member cost is $450 U.S. before the early bird deadline and $525 U.S. after Sept. 19. Registration information is available by contacting Amy Matthews, 919-549-4800 or amatthews@mema.org .


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