Paint supplier PPG has successfully pursued another distributor from selling counterfeit products labelled as PPG.
Though PPG did not name the distributor, but the case stems from a Louisiana collision centre that was caught by U.S. federal authorities using paint that was labeled as PPG but not manufactured by them.
The collision centre led the investigators to the distributor the paint had been obtained from. An unnamed paint distributor and its collision center customer were enjoined by the U.S. Federal District Court in Louisiana from selling and using paint labeled as PPG, but not manufactured by PPG. The collision center was caught using and representing the paint as genuine PPG paint. The collision center then led PPG to the distributor.
This is not the first time PPG has taken action. One previous case saw PPG succeed in getting a court order stopping a New York distributor from selling paint mislabeled as PPG products.
Servco Lacquer & Equipment Co. Inc. of Haverstraw, New York, was enjoined by the United States Federal District Court in New York City from selling paint not manufactured by PPG under a PPG label. Servco was caught mislabeling paint and representing that the paint was genuine PPG paint.
The court, in addition to enjoining this illegal activity, also ordered Servco to pay damages to PPG, reimburse PPG for its legal fees, and inform its customers that it committed such acts.
Regarding the most recent case, William Shaw, PPG’s director of marketing, North America Automotive Refinish, said “PPG will remain vigilant in protecting our distributors and their customers. PPG intends to continue policing these illegal activities and take whatever steps are necessary to put an end to them and to recoup payment for damages. PPG intends to be proactive in its efforts to identify and stop existing and new entrants of these illegal activities and will move quickly to enact the strictest penalties available.”