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Tennessee pop-up seller of counterfeit Chiefs merchandise permanently banned from doing business in Kansas

Release Date: Apr 21, 2020

TOPEKA – (April 21, 2020) – A Tennessee man who sold counterfeit Kansas City Chiefs and Super Bowl LIV merchandise at pop-up tents has been permanently banned from doing business in Kansas, Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Philip Colwell Jr., of McKenzie, Tennessee, d/b/a Novelties by Jr., was permanently banned from doing business, including operating as a door-to-door salesman, in the State of Kansas. District Judge Mary Christopher yesterday approved the default judgment in Shawnee County District Court after Colwell failed to respond to a lawsuit the attorney general filed against him. Colwell was also ordered to pay $30,000 in civil penalties plus the cost of the attorney general’s investigation.

Schmidt accused Colwell of selling counterfeit Kansas City Chiefs and Super Bowl LIV merchandise in days surrounding Super Bowl Sunday, which was February 2. The sales in Topeka were at pop-up tents and failed to comply with Kansas consumer-protection laws. The lawsuit was filed as part of a coordinated enforcement action in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kansas Department of Revenue and Topeka Police Department.

One additional lawsuit the attorney general filed against two other pop-up sellers remains pending.

More tips on staying safe from consumer fraud are available on the attorney general’s consumer protection website at www.InYourCornerKansas.org. A copy of the default judgment is available at www.InYourCornerKansas.org/judgments.  

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