In-house legal teams had to be all-hands-on-deck at the outset of the pandemic to help business continuity. But 3M’s legal department took it a step further by cracking down on counterfeiters all over the world, partnering with law enforcement to make sure counterfeit masks were not sold.
When the pandemic began, 3M began producing millions of N95 respirator masks each month to sell to frontline health care workers. Only a few months later, the company noticed price gougers and counterfeiters attempting to sell similar-looking masks online. Kevin Rhodes, deputy general counsel at 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota, said 80 members of the company’s global legal team came together to form an anti-fraud unit.