Magpul filed suit last week alleging the trafficking of counterfeit products. According to the allegations in the complaint filed on August 8 in the US District Court, Northern District of Florida, a subject named Matthew Gottlieb, a business named Rudy’s RA1 Accessories and an unknown number of John Does sold counterfeit Magpul MBUS Pro sights.
It should be noted that the real MBUS Pro sights were announced earlier in 2013, but have not yet been released for sale.
Magpul alleges Gottlieb sold the counterfeit sights for sale on multiple websites including:
- glocktalk.com, and
Magpul also alleges that Gottlieb used or is associated with the following names, screen names, user accounts and e-mail addresses:
- Rudy Moss,
- Rudy’s Tactical4Less,
- Rudy’s Tactical4Less,
- RA1orders@outlook.com, and
According to the complaint, the address used by the defendant(s) is 3530 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL. The location is an extended stay hotel and not likely the actual address of the defendant(s).
Trafficking of counterfeit products is a serious problem for both consumers and manufacturers. Unwary consumers that buy a knock-off product can wind up with a product that doesn’t work well, if at all, and no way to get their money back. Take a look at my article on identifying counterfeit shooting products at TheFirearmBlog.com.
Manufacturers lose out on potential sales, which hampers them from recouping the development cost of the existing product, investing in the development of new products, and in extreme cases just keeping the lights on. Money lost to counterfeiting is money the company can use to hire more people and provide them with better wages and benefits.
Update: Magpul Files Another Lawsuit over Counterfeit MBUS Pro Sights
Magpul Industries filed another complaint in a recent line of lawsuits against people and companies that they allege have infringed on their patents and/or trademarks, or who have sold counterfeit Magpul products.
The most recent lawsuit, filed on August 14, alleges that Michael Mayo of Lodi, Ohio and Mayo, Inc of Elyria, Ohio advertised and sold counterfeit MBUS Pro sights on eBay. These new sights were announced by Magpul in April, but have not yet been made available for sale.
This case is similar to the lawsuit filed by Magpul on August 8 in the US District Court, Northern District of Florida, against a subject named Matthew Gottlieb and a business named Rudy’s RA1.
In the most recent complaint, Magpul stated Mayo used eBay user name “naples05.” A check on eBay for that user shows no current auctions or sales. However, a check of that user’s history does show several listings including one for “Troy Industries Clone Front & Rear Folding Battle Sight” and another for “Crimson Trace Clone CMR-201Rail Master.” Both listings use photos depicting the respective companies’ names.
Troy Industries had not responded at the time of this article to confirm if these were genuine or counterfeit sights.