By Paul Pannone
American Bridal and Prom Industry Association continues its war against websites who pilfer products, ideas and consumers away from legitimate U.S manufacturers. Founder of the organization, Steve Lang, told his board of the progress made against owners of the worst offending websites. According to Lang some are folding after being served with lawsuits.
“Lawsuits against counterfeit websites is in process and seven defendants have already contacted our counsel via their attorney to try and get out from the suit. We will settle with some if they meet our terms which include taking down all the offending items along with other requirements, that if violated will subject them to $50,000 fines for each infraction. We should shortly be before the federal judge with regard to the remaining defendants as well as additional defendants that will be included in the lawsuit,” said Lang this week.
Lang and all the larger supporting manufacturers will be in Chicago and New York in the coming weeks to discuss the matter in person. A meeting is scheduled for Monday morning in Chicago to update members and the industry.
The Jewish Santa, Steve Lang (Center), says he’s honored to give back to the business that’s been so good to him. The wedding business could be getting an early holiday gift; affordable health care for the price of membership.
As a separate issue and holding true to his word Lang told eWedNewz he’s shopping for affordable health care for members of the organization.
“I have put in motion the work to find if we can get national health insurance for the industry. I met with a company, Strategic Employee Benefits Services, that I have faith in; they will e-mail me the census form that all interested parties will need to fill out so that he can begin to assemble the data required to quote coverage for the industry,” accordion to Lang.
Critics of Lang have long been silenced since making false allegations and criticisms earlier this year. Pundits who pushed to catapult themselves into the national spotlight using Lang’s propositions have also failed.
95% of an ongoing poll says they would support an organization that is properly run, offers good benefits and isn’t expensive to join. Only 5% of responses so far said they would not support a general wedding industry organization.
What do you say?
The nominal cost of membership– $100 dollars– is required to be eligible for the group health care rates.
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