Legislation Would Combat Counterfeiting
James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent
Two influential senators are sponsoring legislation that would give the US government new tools to
combat the counterfeiting of manufactured products, including textiles and apparel. The Stop
Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act, sponsored by Sens. Arlen Specter (R-PA) and Patrick Leahy
(D-VT), would criminalize the trafficking of counterfeit packaging, hang tags and labels and
authorize seizure of equipment used to make counterfeit articles. Similar legislation has been
introduced in the House by Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI).
Kevin Burke, president of the American Apparel and Footwear Association, an organization that has been at the forefront in the battle against counterfeiting of textiles and apparel, said the legislation is sorely needed to plug loopholes and abuses of US laws and could serve as a precedent for other nations to strengthen their enforcement related to counterfeit goods.