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Antrim firm fined £10k for selling counterfeit children's superhero costumes

An Antrim company selling counterfeit children's dressing up costumes was fined £10,400 on Wednesday at Antrim Crown Court.

Trader Quan Gan (55) was sentenced to 140 hours community service after pleading guilty to 15 charges.

In the case brought by the Department for Economy's Trading Standards Service, company Gat Fashion Ltd pleaded guilty to 15 charges under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

A Forfeiture Order was granted in respect of costumes acquired by Trading Standards Service.

In November 2016, following a complaint, Trading Standards Officers raided premises at Springfarm Industrial Estate, Antrim, where they found large quantities of counterfeit children’s dressing up costumes. The items were being sold online from the premises.

The costumes bore trademarks such as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Mickey Mouse and Cinderella without the consent of the brand owner.

Some 4,400 suspected items were seized and another 2,400 items were later voluntarily surrendered. Subsequent investigations revealed that the business had arranged for the items to be manufactured on its behalf in China.

Nicholas Lane, of the Trading Standards Service, said: “Genuine licensed distributors were having to compete unfairly against this trader. Consumers would have had no reason to believe that they were buying anything other than genuine items.

"Counterfeiting harms legitimate businesses and threatens jobs. The Trading Standards Service will continue to investigate sellers of counterfeit goods and we will not hesitate to take enforcement action against any trader found to be selling fakes”.

Anyone who believes they have been sold counterfeit goods should contact Consumerline on 0300 123 6262.

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