Norfolk Port nabs knock-off Nickelodeon and Disney PJs

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Norfolk port officials seized counterfeit Disney and Nickelodeon children's clothing last month. (Photo courtesy U.S Customs and Border Protection)
Norfolk port officials seized counterfeit Disney and Nickelodeon children’s clothing last month. (Photo courtesy U.S Customs and Border Protection)

Officers at the Norfolk port confiscated almost $148,000 worth of counterfeit Nickelodeon and Disney children’s clothing last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday.

The seizure happened on Sept. 29, from a California-bound container that originated in Egypt, according to a release. The shipping manifest identified the contents as household goods, a broad category that, given the country of origin, prompted a referral to the warehouse for inspection, according to CPB Public Affairs Liaison Louis Rossero.

Officials looked inside and found clothing, such as children’s pajamas, shirts and sweatshirts, emblazoned with dubious Disney and Nickelodeon/Spin Master trademarks. In addition, the designated recipient lacked authority to import them.

“CPB has a lead role in protecting both the American consumer and domestic businesses,” Mark J. Laria, Norfolk Area Port Director said in a release. “This seizure is an excellent example of the steps CPB has taken in the area of enforcing IPR [Intellectual Property Rights] laws.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.