Covered by NYDaily News. Las Vegas man accused of threatening a prominent attorney and making vile remarks.
Covered by New York Times, and other outlets. Fake heiress accused of conning the city’s wealthy, and has an HBO special being made about her.
Accused of stalking Alec Baldwin. The case garnered nationwide attention, with USAToday, NYPost, and other media outlets following it closely.
Juror who prompted calls for new Ghislaine Maxwell trial turns to lawyer who defended Anna Sorokin.
Clients can use our portal to track the status of their case, stay in touch with us, upload documents, and more.
Regardless of the type of situation you're facing, our attorneys are here to help you get quality representation.
We can setup consultations in person, over Zoom, or over the phone to help you. Bottom line, we're here to help you win your case.
The Spodek Law Group understands how delicate high-profile cases can be, and has a strong track record of getting positive outcomes. Our lawyers service a clientele that is nationwide. With offices in both LA and NYC, and cases all across the country - Spodek Law Group is a top tier law firm.
Todd Spodek is a second generation attorney with immense experience. He has many years of experience handling 100’s of tough and hard to win trials. He’s been featured on major news outlets, such as New York Post, Newsweek, Fox 5 New York, South China Morning Post, Insider.com, and many others.
In 2022, Netflix released a series about one of Todd’s clients: Anna Delvey/Anna Sorokin.
Why Clients Choose Spodek Law Group
The reason is simple: clients want white glove service, and lawyers who can win. Every single client who works with the Spodek Law Group is aware that the attorney they hire could drastically change the outcome of their case. Hiring the Spodek Law Group means you’re taking your future seriously. Our lawyers handle cases nationwide, ranging from NYC to LA. Our philosophy is fair and simple: our nyc criminal lawyers only take on clients who we know will benefit from our services.
We’re selective about the clients we work with, and only take on cases we know align with our experience – and where we can make a difference. This is different from other law firms who are not invested in your success nor care about your outcome.
If you have a legal issue, call us for a consultation.
We are available 24/7, to help you with any – and all, challenges you face.
Selling, distributing or wholesaling counterfeit goods is a federal offense. This is because the merchandise is moved across state lines and were most likely bought from a foreign country. Therefore, if you have bought counterfeit goods this way and decide to sell them on the black market, you can be charged with a federal offense.
Definition of Counterfeit Goods
Counterfeit goods are manufactured products that are usually inferior to the original products with the intent to sell them under the brand name. This is done without the owner’s consent to defraud and deceive consumers. Generally, the counterfeit goods are sold under the identical trademark of the original products.
Many popular brands across a broad spectrum of industries have fallen victim to counterfeiting tactics. Most of these products are manufactured in developing countries where they can be produced inexpensively.
Selling Counterfeit Goods is a Federal Offense
It is a federal offense to knowingly sell fake goods and/or services. Federal prosecutors will enforce the laws to the counterfeiter and the individual or company that sells the products.
Laws against counterfeiting are designed to protect the buyer and the maker of the original product. Owning fake products, brands or company logos to sell is cheating the buyer and manufacturer who invested money and time to develop the products.
The Trademark Counterfeiting Act of 1984 applies equal force to any person trafficking in counterfeit goods and any individual or company that knowingly sells the goods. A conviction carries substantial monetary fines and prison time.
Within the law, the term “traffic” is defined broadly to include selling products that bears a counterfeit trademark. The definition also applies to transporting, transferring or disposing of a product for anything of value, including money.
Penalties for Selling Counterfeit Goods
Penalties for knowingly selling, distributing or wholesaling counterfeit goods can lead to the following penalties:
• Up to 10 years imprisonment for the first offense; up to 20 years for repeat offenders. When an offender recklessly or knowingly cause the death of a person because they were unlawfully selling goods or services, they can receive a life sentence.
• Up to a $5 million fine for individuals who are repeat offenders; up to $15 million for corporations.
• Authorities will seize and destroy counterfeit goods that are in the offender’s possession, usually the wholesaler or distributor.
Exposure to Product Liability Claims
Counterfeiters could also face civil lawsuits brought by owners of the trademark products being sold. Under the federal trademark law, owners can recover:
• Damages to the trademark, brand, etc.
• Profit losses from knock-off products being sold instead of the originals
• Attorney’s fees
• Other injunctive relief
Owners have a right to this legal action even when the individual or company selling the merchandise was not aware that it was counterfeit. Legal action is possible if the product is defective and results in someone’s death.
Personal injury, interruption of business operations, property damage and other losses also apply. Most likely, the wholesaler will be the one held liable for the damages. Typically, the manufacturer of the counterfeit product cannot be found to face prosecution. If the manufacturer is in a foreign country, it is unlikely that the manufacturer is not subject to U.S. court jurisdiction.
When wholesalers or distributors knew, or should have reasonably known, that the products they sold were counterfeit, punitive damages claims may also be filed against them. This type of exposure is usually not covered by the wholesaler or distributor’s product liability insurance policy.
Get Expert Advice from a Black Market/Counterfeit Goods Lawyer
Charges of selling counterfeit goods can lead to serious fines and penalties. This is one of those federal crimes where ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law. If found guilty, you will receive the same punishment as someone who fully and knowingly participated in committing the same crime.
Therefore, it is in your best interest to contact a law firm like Spodek Law Group, PC to receive expert advice on what these criminal charges can mean for your future. Arrange a consultation with one of our attorneys if you have been charged with trafficking counterfeit goods. We can begin discussing the best defense for your case.
Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.