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AG Derek Schmidt: Court revokes articles of incorporation of Kansas company affiliated with Chinese counterfeiter

Release Date: Jan 08, 2020

TOPEKA – (January 8, 2020) – A Johnson County judge has revoked the articles of incorporation of a company affiliated with a Chinese counterfeiter after finding it has abused its corporate powers under Kansas law, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

Koch Membrane Systems Inc., a Kansas corporation affiliated with the Chinese counterfeiter Koch (Beijing) Membrane Technology Co., Ltd., has had its articles of incorporation revoked for abuse of corporate powers. District Judge James F. Vano on Monday entered the default judgment in Johnson County District Court after the company failed to respond to a lawsuit filed by the attorney general’s office in July.

According to the lawsuit, Koch Membrane Systems Inc., the Kansas corporation, was formed in 2018 for the sole purpose of using its name and Kansas registered corporate status to masquerade as part of Koch Industries, a well-known Kansas business. It used an address in Johnson County but had no physical office there or elsewhere in Kansas. The lawsuit alleges Koch Membrane Systems Inc. in fact has no relationship to Koch Industries and instead appears to exist for the purpose of impersonating a real Koch subsidiary based in Massachusetts by using a nearly identical company name in order to provide false credibility to counterfeiting activities of its affiliate in China.

A copy of the default judgment is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org/judgments.

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