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3M accuses Lexington company of selling fake N95 respirators

LEXINGTON KY. (WKYT – 3M accuses Lexington company of selling over a million N95 respirators.

The U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of Kentucky granted 3M a temporary order against Old World Timber, LLC. 3M stated in a press release that the company had worked with the U.S. Marshals Service seizes more than 1 million respirators

“3M will continue to take action against those who sell fake products and put lives at risk during the pandemic, and we appreciate the prompt action by the U.S. Marshals Service and the court to help protect unsuspecting customers,”Kevin Rhodes, 3M senior vice-president and deputy general counsel, said: “We will continue to offer our resources to check suspicious offers and get counterfeit products off the market.”

3M claimed it was tipped off by potential customers to the fake products. They called the company to confirm if the products made from Old World Timber were genuine. 3M examined the products and concluded that they were fake.

This statement was provided by Old World Timber to WKYT

“On June 4, 2021, the U.S. Marshal’s seized masks from Old World Timber. Old World Timber has no interest in purchasing, marketing, or selling counterfeit masks. The 3M complaint presents only one side of the case. Old World Timber is actively working with 3M to reach a settlement of the case. In light of the active settlement negotiations in the case OWT cannot comment further on the case.”

In 2017, the company off Versailles Road was featured in an article by WKYT’s news partners, the Lexington Herald-Leader.

A hearing to grant a preliminary injunction has been scheduled for July 27.

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