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3M in Lawsuit Alleges Amazon Seller Sold Fake N95 Masks – TheStreet

Manufacturing and tech giant 3M  (MMM) – Get Report filed a lawsuit, alleging that an Amazon  (AMZN) – Get Report seller sold fake, damaged and defective versions of its prominent N95 masks.

The lawsuit in federal court in California alleges that Mao Yu and affiliated companies falsely advertised as third-party sellers on Amazon under the 3M brand. 

The complaint says that the defendants “charged unsuspecting customers more than $350,000 when the customers responded to false listings that claimed to be reselling authentic N95 respirators, while actually selling damaged and fake goods at highly-inflated prices,” a statement from 3M said.

The defendants charged customers as much as 20 times the St. Paul, Minn., company’s list prices for N95 masks, the company said.

“[This] scam is aimed at exploiting the demand for our critical products during the pandemic using 3M’s name connected with price gouging and counterfeiting,” Denise Rutherford, 3M’s senior vice president for corporate affairs, said in the statement.

“Our collaboration with Amazon is one of the important ways we are working to prevent and combat fraud, and we will report this unlawful activity to law enforcement as well.”

The complaint demands money damages and an order requiring the defendants to stop selling the products. 3M said it would donate any damages it receives from the suit to covid-19-related nonprofits.

In April, 3M filed a lawsuit claiming that New Jersey-based Performance Supply LLC offered to sell New York City officials $45 million in N95 masks at prices that were six to seven times more than 3M’s list price.

The suit also alleged that Performance Supply falsely claimed a business affiliation with 3M while negotiating with the city.

Including the current legal action, 3M has filed more than a dozen lawsuits alleging fraud, price gouging and counterfeiting, the company said.

3M shares eased 0.3% to $166.87 in regular Monday trading.

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Lawsuit Alleges CARES Act Excludes U.S. Citizen Children Of Undocumented Immigrants – NPR

Immigrant rights group CASA, along with the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center, filed a federal class-action lawsuit Tuesday.

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Immigrant rights group CASA, along with the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center, filed a federal class-action lawsuit Tuesday.

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U.S. citizen children of undocumented parents who are excluded from the $2 trillion federal coronavirus relief package filed a federal class-action lawsuit Tuesday.

The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Maryland by the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center along with CASA, a nonprofit immigrant rights organization serving the Washington, D.C.-area and Pennsylvania, on behalf of seven children, ranging in age from 7 months old to 9 years old, and their parents.

“My daughter is a U.S. citizen,” said Carmen, the mother of one child in the lawsuit who did not want to give her full name because of her immigration status.

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“Just as any other U.S. citizen child, my daughter deserves to have equal rights,” especially during this pandemic, Carmen said. “It’s an injustice.”

As job losses continue to increase nationwide due to the public health pandemic, the federal government’s enormous Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, signed into law March 27, provides an economic lifeline to millions of people who pay taxes using their Social Security number instead of the individual taxpayer identification number, or ITIN, used by Carmen and many other undocumented immigrants.

Every eligible individual receives a $1,200 check if the person has an income of less than $75,000 per year, or $2,400 if a couple files taxes jointly. If the income is higher, the amount varies. Individual taxpayers’ children also qualify for $500 per child under the age of 17.

Carmen said she pays income tax every year using her ITIN. Before the pandemic she worked two jobs in the food industry — one at a catering company and another at a pizzeria.

“This is the first time I’m home without an income,” she said. “I’m using my voice to advocate on behalf of my daughter.”

Carmen came to the U.S. from Lima, Peru, in 2001. She said she’s concerned about her and her daughter’s future in this pandemic.

“It’s a hard reality we are living,” she said, pleading with public officials not to abandon children like hers during the crisis. “I hope their hearts soften and their minds open to see that our children are also the future of the country.”

Mary McCord is the lead attorney for the class-action lawsuit.

“The lawsuit is based on the equal protection violation of the CARES Act that discriminates and excludes U.S. children,” said McCord, a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center. “It’s one thing to discriminate against the undocumented immigrants, which our system does, but it’s a whole different thing to discriminate against U.S. citizen children.”

McCord estimates there are millions of children of undocumented immigrants in the country and said that these youths are being “treated as second-class citizens” with the denial of the CARES Act benefit.

More importantly, McCord said, it’s nonsensical to deny these U.S. citizen children the benefit of the relief package because they already qualify for other public benefit programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits, as well as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.

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“Under the Constitution, U.S. citizens cannot be discriminated against based on alienage,” McCord said. “These children have no say in who they’re born to, and yet they’re being treated differently than other U.S. citizen children. And that’s why so many of the other public benefits programs still do cover U.S. citizen children, because otherwise it would be discriminatory.”

Nicholas Katz, CASA’s senior manager of legal services, said the way the CARES Act is being implemented runs counter to its promise.

“The purpose of the CARES Act is to help the most vulnerable members of our society during this difficult time,” Katz said in written statements. “Immigrants make up almost a fifth of [front-line] workers during this pandemic. It is an absolute outrage that we are relying on immigrant families to care for our loved ones and provide our essential supplies and yet denying their children the support they are entitled to as U.S. citizens.”

This case doesn’t have a precedent, though two lawsuits in Maryland and Illinois have been filed against the U.S. government on behalf of couples of mixed immigration status. They were denied CARES Act relief because one of them is an undocumented immigrant, while the other is a U.S. citizen.

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