#amazon sues influencer over alleged #instagram counterfeit scheme


Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Today, Amazon filed suit against an influencer and a range of online businesses over an alleged counterfeiting scheme conducted across Instagram and Amazon’s Marketplace platform. According to the complaint filed in federal court in Washington state earlier today, the influencers advertised counterfeit luxury items on their Instagram page to be sold under dummy listings to Amazon Marketplace.

In its complaint, Amazon describes the scheme as “a sophisticated campaign of false advertising for the purpose of evading Amazon’s counterfeit detection tools.”

A @styleeandgrace Instagram post advertising a dummy Marketplace post, as seen in the complaint.

The complaint centers on a Long Island woman named Kelly Fitzpatrick…

Continue reading…