Hi,A couple of days ago my life turned in to a nightmare and now I don't know what to do.7 months ago I decided I wanted to try and sell products online and found out that it was possible by reselling products for a drop ship company.When using a drop ship company, the company would ship their products to the buyer, without any price or logo attached to the package, so that way you can set your own prices and earn money on the difference.After a lot of searching, I found a company called Tmart (www.Tmart.com), who sells consumer products world wide and also had a drop ship program:http://www.tmart.com/drop-shipping.htmlI did a lot of research before signing up with Tmart and find out that a lot of people where reselling their products through their drop ship program.Even on Facebook, their fan page has 11.221 likes:https://www.facebook.com/TmartDropShippingSo since so many people liked them, I thought it was a legal company and decided to start working with them, by reselling their products on two online marketplaces - iOffer.com and eBay.com Every time I made sale, I would go to Tmart.com and place the same order on their website and Tmart would then ship the product to my customer.Every thing was going good and I was making some extra money every day, until one day Paypal suddenly closed down my account without any explanation.I contacted Paypal and they told me that my account was closed down because I had violated their policy, but they couldn't tell me why, due to data protection.I did some research on the internet and found out that more people had been in the same situation as me and there was nothing to do, once Paypal had closed your account.After that experience I decided to stop selling online and informed my customers that I had stop selling, because Paypal had closed my account.Now yesterday I received an email from a US law firm, who said that their client "Oakley" had charged me and other defendants in a complaint with violations related to trademark infringement and counterfeiting laws.http://gbcinternetenforcement.net/13-7776I couldn't believe that this could be true, since all I did was reselling products for Tmart. So I wrote a long email to the law firm, explaining that I had never had any intentions of selling counterfeit products and that all the products I had listed on iOffer were all downloaded directly from Tmart, and every time I made a sale, I would order the product directly from Tmart.The law firm haven't told me which products they are referring too, but Oakley sells sunglasses, so I looked through all the sunglasses I have listed on iOffer and found two products which had a similar logo as the Oakley logo.I told them that I was not aware of these two products, as I had uploaded all Tmart's products to iOffer (+45.000), not knowing that there were counterfeit products amongst the uploaded products.I thought Tmart was a legal company, since they have been selling products world wide for years and if I had known that they were selling counterfeit products, then I would NEVER have worked with them in the first place.I also sent the law firm links to the two products I found amongst my listings - showing them the products I had listed on iOffer and where to find the same products on Tmart (Same Title, Description, SKU number and images)These are the links I sent to the law firm:1) iOffer (SKU: 89006734): http://www.ioffer.com/i/7891-fashionable-reflective-lens-sport-sunglasses-black-5503442301) Tmart (SKU: 89006734): http://www.tmart.com/7891-Fashionable-Reflective-Lens-Sport-Sunglasses-Black-Frame_p185395.html2) iOffer (SKU: 89006708): http://www.ioffer.com/i/lightweight-rays-protection-sunglasses-black-yellow-f-5503583542) Tmart (SKU: 89006708): http://www.tmart.com/Lightweight-Rays-Protection-Sunglasses-Black-and-Yellow-Frame_p184705.htmlI have never sold these two products to any people, but out of all my sales, I have had 5 sales which were sunglasses, but none of them had a logo similar to Oakley's.I have kept all my receipts from Tmart, proving that I have ordered all the products from Tmart and they also show the addresses of the buyers.I have never been involved in any illegal activities before and I'm afraid that I will be prosecuted for something that I didn't even do on purpose.I resold Tmart's products in good faith, thinking that they were legal products and now I'm facing a lawsuit which could ruin me and my family's life.I live in Malta (Europe) and I have been charged from the United States (Illinois), if I have to go to trial, do I have to go the United States and do you know how much I can be fined for selling 2-5 counterfeit products, if the court finds me guilty? I really don't know what to do now and I therefor ask for your help and guidance.Thank you,Daniel
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