E-commerce giant Amazon and Yeti, the U.S. brand of coolers and drinkware and other outdoor equipment, have filed a joint lawsuit against two individuals from California for counterfeiting Yeti products, including the popular Rambler® mug. The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington and alleges the defendants operated in concert with each other in their attempts to sell the counterfeit products. Amazon closed their selling accounts and refunded customers.
Amazon strictly prohibits plagiarism and says it has invested more than $500 million in 2019 alone to protect customers and brands from fraud and abuse, including counterfeiting. In June 2020, Amazon launched its Counterfeit Crimes Unit, a global team dedicated to pursuing bad actors and holding them accountable to the fullest extent of the law, including working with law enforcement.