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Clark R. Silcox

Clark R. Silcox is general counsel, National Electrical Manufacturers Association.


Counterfeit Products Present Additional Business Risks for Distributors and Contractors

Executive Summary: Manufacturers, distributors, and electrical contractors build enduring relationships by supplying quality, dependable electrical products that they are all prepared to stand behind. The introduction of counterfeit electrical products into the marketplace alters that relationship substantially. It places the distributor or contractor in a risky legal position that could leave the distributor or contractor solely responsible for defects or problems with the product. Furthermore, because a counterfeit product damages the reputation of those who trade in these products, it can dissolve the supply relationship with the genuine manufacturer.