3M recently detailed the company’s efforts to prevent the spread of counterfeit 3M personal protective equipment (PPE) and price gouging of its products due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The company has launched an aggressive legal effort to stop profiteers who are attempting to take advantage of the demand for 3M products used by healthcare workers and first responders.
3M has established hotlines around the world to report suspected fraud and has created online resources to help spot price-gouging, identify authentic 3M respirators and ensure products are from 3M authorised distributors.
3M has investigated more than 7700 fraud reports globally, filed 19 lawsuits, and has been granted nine temporary restraining orders and seven preliminary injunctions.
More than 13,500 false or deceptive social media posts, over 11,500 fraudulent e-commerce offerings and at least 235 deceptive domain names have been removed.
3M has been awarded damages or has received settlement payments in seven cases, with all proceeds being donated to COVID-19 related charities.
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