A group of online marketplaces has written a letter to several lawmakers in hopes of urging them to tweak the language of new China competition bills. The Coalition to Protect America’s Small Sellers (PASS) in its letter sent Thursday the expressed its concern over a set of bills that it said will “harm consumers, disadvantage medium and smaller-sized businesses, and disrupt thousands of legitimate websites.”
Retailers, E-Commerce Platforms, and Manufacturers Call for Inclusion of INFORM Consumers Act in Bilateral Innovation Act
For Immediate Release
May 3, 2022
Washington, DC – Today, the Buy Safe America Coalition, the Coalition to Protect America’s Small Sellers, and the National Association of Manufacturers representing a diverse group of retailers, manufacturers, law enforcement, third-party marketplaces, and eCommerce platforms collectively supporting efforts to combat organized retail crime and protect consumers and communities from the sale of counterfeit and stolen goods sent a letter urging Congressional leadership to include the INFORM Consumers Act in the final Bipartisan Innovation Act package.
Various members of the the Coalition to Protect America's Small Sellers (PASS Coalition) have offered commentary on why the PASS Coalition members eBay, Etsy, and Mercari have each weighed in on why the SHOP SAFE Act is a bad idea for their seller communities.
On March 8, the Coalition to Protect America's Small Sellers (PASS Coalition) joined 37 stakeholder partners in a letter to congressional leadership requesting the removal of the SHOP SAFE Act (H.R. 5374) from the conference legislation between the Senate’s U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) and the House’s America COMPETES Act. The groups warned that, as currently written, the SHOP SAFE Act could impose unreasonable regulations on electronic commerce companies to prevent the sale of counterfeit products. “Congress should not shoehorn this kind of dramatic policy change into the final compromise between USICA and America COMPETES or other ‘must-pass legislation,” the letter states. “Allowing SHOP SAFE to proceed, as-is and tacked-on to unrelated legislation, would set a dangerous precedent for policymaking that is fundamentally connected to our economy, innovation, competition, and free speech.”
PASS Coalition Leads Stakeholder Opposition to Inclusion of SHOP SAFE Act in House 'America COMPETES' legislation
On January 27, The Coalition to Protect America's Small Sellers (PASS Coalition), along with 12 stakeholder organizations representing companies, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and civil interest groups, penned a letter to House leadership that expresses strong opposition to the inclusion of the SHOP SAFE Act (H.R. 5374) in the recently-introduced America COMPETES Act.
H.R. 5502 Protects Americans from Criminals Who Sell Dangerous Counterfeit and Stolen Goods on Online Marketplace
MILWAUKEE — Thefts from retailers are soaring, with companies saying they are seeing increasingly brazen, organized thieves hitting their stores regularly.
Allowing for a certain amount of theft is part of the business for retailers. It is built into their financial plans. But the growing costs related to thefts have lately become too big to ignore, large national retailers say.
Amazon must decide whether to go it alone in the fight against a bill meant to deter online sales of counterfeit and stolen goods, after its e-commerce peers Etsy and eBay threw their support behind updated House legislation set for a Thursday hearing.
PASS Coalition Endorses New Inform Consumers Act, Applaud Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)