Square D Files Suit Against Breakers Unlimited for Selling "Counterfeit"  Products

July 05, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Square D®, best known as the flagship brand for the Schneider Electric North American Operating Division, announced that it has filed suit against Breakers Unlimited, Inc. of Noblesville, Indiana in the United States District Court in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The lawsuit asserts that Breakers Unlimited, a nationwide wholesale distributor of electrical equipment, has knowingly sold "counterfeit" Square D circuit breakers and has infringed Square D’s trademarks in violation of federal law. Square D seeks to enjoin Breakers Unlimited’s continued distribution of the products in question and seeks to recover profits made by Breakers Unlimited on its sales of those products, along with treble damages, attorney fees and costs.

"Square D has every intention of pursuing counterfeiters up and down the distribution chain. We’ll stop at nothing to preserve the integrity of our products and protect innocent customers from the serious health and safety hazards associated with counterfeit products," said Bill Snyder, Vice President Channel Development for Schneider Electric North American Operating Division. "Through this lawsuit and others like it, Square D has demonstrated its ongoing commitment to prevent counterfeiting and protect Square D’s customers, trademarks and designs."

"Distributors need to be aware that there are hidden and potentially deadly hazards associated with counterfeit circuit breakers being distributed on the market today," said Jim Pauley, Vice President of Industry and Government Relations for Schneider Electric North American Operating Division. "By identifying counterfeit products and reporting counterfeiters, distributors can save lives."