Senate leaders back anti-conterfeiting measure

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and most of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced legislation (S. 1699) Sept. 14 to strengthen federal prohibitions against the trafficking in manufactured goods, including parts used on commercial vehicles, that are counterfeit.

A similar measure (H.R. 32) passed the U.S. House of Representatives in May.

“Our leaders in Washington understand that counterfeiting is a crime that is stealing good American manufacturing jobs,” said Paul Foley, president of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association’s affiliated Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association. “Also, product counterfeiting undermines U.S. and foreign safety standards, putting consumers at risk. We cannot let this go on, at home or abroad.”