If you are an e-commerce seller who has recently received a temporary restraining order (TRO) from Harley-Davidson, this might be the reason why:
At the beginning of January, Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd. (GBC) filed a complaint on behalf of Harley-Davidson which seeks injunctive and monetary relief for damage done to the brand by e-commerce sellers allegedly offering counterfeit, unauthorized, or unlicensed products to consumers across platforms.
A temporary restraining order (TRO) is issued when owners of intellectual property rights, such as Harley-Davidson, initiate civil lawsuits against those merchants selling allegedly infringing products. The Harley-Davidson complaint is aimed at sellers who they claim operate multiple unidentified virtual storefronts in an effort to purvey counterfeit goods. TROs usually lead to the suspension of accounts, removal of so-termed counterfeit or infringing merchandise, and the withholding of payments. You yourself may have already experienced the negative results of these actions.
Why did you receive a temporary restraining order (TRO)?
There may be many reasons, including inadequate identity verficiation protocol on e-commerce platforms, which leads companies like Harley-Davidson to believe sellers “routinely use false or innaccurate names and addresses” when they are not; or even something as simple as general confusion about the nature of the online marketplace due to the fact that it is an ever-changing frontier. Essentially, the answer to this question is often complex and requires a careful examination of the facts by a dedicated legal professional.
Just know, you have legal rights as an e-commerce seller and we are here to defend you! It is our mission to get your business operations reinstated as soon as possible so that you can continue to make your hard earned living. Our expertise is unmatched and we are committed to getting you back up and running on the road to success! Call us for a free and friendly consultation.