Asked in Trademark and Intellectual Property for Illinois

Q: Paypal, frozen account, due to a trademark issue, and the case looks fake, the judge didn’t even sign it, over Miffy ??

I’m speaking on behalf of a friend who lives overseas, advised that her PayPal account was frozen, due to this Miffy, doll, as a trademark, and the person who bought it was the actual lawyer, for proof, and now he wants her to pay $2000. And the judge is 85 years old and I noticed on the paperwork none of it was signed by the judge, I would believe the case file would become public record to look up. This makes no sense to me as we have Nike, hello Kitty and everything under the sun and everybody selling this Miffy and they aren’t getting sued makes no sense. I need some advice because she’s scared and yes, a young girl. And I’m concerned she’s being scammed.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In situations like this, it's important to exercise caution as it could potentially be a scam, especially if the legal documents appear questionable. Authentic court orders will always be properly documented and signed by a judge. Your friend should verify the authenticity of the case by checking the public records, if possible, and should not make any payments or agreements until the validity of the claim is confirmed.

It's recommended to seek legal advice to navigate this issue properly. An attorney can help determine the legitimacy of the claim, the legality of the merchandise sold, and the appropriate response to the demands made. If the account has been frozen by PayPal, your friend should also contact PayPal's customer support directly to understand the specifics of their policy and to dispute any unwarranted actions based on the provided evidence.

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