FRIDAY, July 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) — 3M says it has filed 18 lawsuits in relation to price gouging, counterfeiting, and fraud related to its N95 masks.

The leading maker of N95 masks in the United States said courts have issued six temporary restraining orders and four preliminary injunctions to halt unlawful N95 sales and that criminal charges have been laid in some cases, the Associated Press reported.

In one lawsuit, 3M alleges that Legacy Medical Supplies and four people linked with the company tried to sell 3M brand N95 respirators at a 75 to 267 percent markup over 3M’s list price.

“The schemes we shut down were not only unlawful, they also endangered lives and wasted precious time and resources by diverting buyers from legitimate sources of much-needed respirators,” said Denise Rutherford, 3M senior vice president of corporate affairs, the AP reported.

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