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Volume 25 No. 152
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Officials Seize More Than 3,000 Pieces Of Counterfeit WS Merch

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations-Boston and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center seized more than 3,000 items of counterfeit MLB apparel and merchandise being offered for sale by vendors in and around Fenway Park, throughout the Boston area and along the post-World Series victory parade route in Boston. Merchandise included baseball hats, knit caps, T-shirts, sweatshirts and pennants. Peter Fitzhugh, the HSI Boston special agent in charge, in an email said that had the goods been genuine, they would have retailed domestically for more than $87,000. He said, "HSI views all violations of trademark business practices as a serious financial criminal violation. But exploiting the famously-loyal baseball fans of 'Red Sox Nation' at a time when their team pride is rightfully at a peak is an even more egregious offense." "Operation: Ground Rules" also included U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers, City of Boston Code Enforcement personnel and MLB Trademark Enforcement reps. The items will eventually be turned over to MLB. In the past, the rightful owners of the actual trademarks have donated the clothing to charities, once the items have passed safety inspections.