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3M Shuts Down Price-Gouging Mask Seller’s Scheme in New York

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3M Co., the maker of the high-profile N95 mask, won a judge’s order blocking a New Jersey company from using 3M’s trademarks in a bid to sell the masks at marked-up prices as demand surges because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a lawsuit filed last month, 3M said Performance Supply Co. in Englishtown, New Jersey, falsely claimed to be an authorized 3M distributor and improperly used 3M logos. Performance Supply tried to sell 7 million masks to New York City’s Office of Citywide Procurement for $45 million, almost six times the regular cost, but the deal failed after the city contacted 3M.