Trump Wants E-Commerce Cos. Liable For Counterfeit Sales

Law360 (October 13, 2020, 11:31 PM EDT) -- President Donald Trump made a push Tuesday to hold e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay accountable for counterfeit goods sales through fines and civil penalties, ordering federal law enforcement officials to prepare a legislative proposal to codify that policy.

In a memo to the homeland security secretary and the attorney general, the president directed certain federal agencies to focus their enforcement efforts on combating counterfeit sales on e-commerce platforms. The memo said they should pursue legislation that would "clarify and strengthen the executive branch's authority" and resources to fight online counterfeit sales.

The memo said that selling counterfeit goods poses health...

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