LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--On May 18, 2020, DS Technology Licensing, the owner of registered trademarks associated with the "Puff Bar" vapor device, and Puff Inc., an authorized US distributor, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court against over 20 Chinese and American companies accused of distributing counterfeit vaping devices. The companies included as defendants include international manufacturer and distributor CACUQ, US distributors, e-commerce companies, and brick and mortar retail stores. A list of current Defendants is below. Plaintiffs are represented by the law firm of Gallinger Law PC.
The lawsuit addresses both counterfeit "Puff Bar" vapor devices as well as knockoff products identified as "Puff Smart," "Puff Mini," "Puff Stig," and "Airis Puff" and seeks $50 million in restitutionary and $25 million in punitive damages. Defendants in the lawsuit have infringed on the famous "Puff" and "Puff Bar" marks by introducing competing devices which use the stylized "Puff" associated with Puff Bar Vapor Devices as well as by openly selling fake or counterfeit Puff Bar vapor devices. Defendants are believed to be only a small number of the violators, as the anti-counterfeit verification system at puffbar.com has identified thousands of retail stores at which consumers bought devices which failed the check.
Awards will be given to those with information which leads to the seizure of counterfeit goods. Contact 866-PUFF-BAR or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
An entire list of the current Defendants in the Lawsuit:
CACUQ USA INC. (CA)
CACUQ USA INC. (NY)
CACUQ USA INC. (TX)
CACUQ WHOLESALE, INC.
Shenzhen VapeMons Technology Co., Ltd
Blink Imports LLC
J&L D Sunset Wholesale & Tobacco
Smoke 1 (CA)
Daniel Rahbar Distributions and Representations LLC
Gypsy Vapes a.k.a. The Bambino Company
Temecula Cash & Carry, Inc.
Pitco Tobacco, Inc.
Tobacco Cartel, Inc.
Global Vapors LLC
Mayvillage Trading, LLC
Sky Distribution LLC
Vapes Society Distro Inc.
Cloud 9 Smoke Company Inc
Sweet Southern Vapes LLC
Sweet Southern Vapes Crestview LLC
Sweet Southern Vapes Destin LLC
Sweet Southern Vapes Niceville LLC
The Local Vapory LLC
My Vape Store
Sema International Inc.
Ecto World LLC
G & Fire
Vapor Exotica Group, LLC