The Founder of CHI Wins Against Counterfeiting
October 13, 2011

Farouk Systems Wins Against Counterfeiting

Federal Court Decides in favor of

Farouk Systems, Inc vs. Costco Wholesale Corporation

Immediate release—Houston-based Farouk Systems, manufacturer of CHI® and BioSilk® brands filed a lawsuit on October 27, 2009 charging the Seattle-based Costco Wholesale Corporation for violating the Lanhm Act which prohibits the selling of counterfeit, non-genuine goods. 

After nearly two years of litigation, the jury agreed and found that Costco had indeed sold counterfeit CHI-branded merchandise consistent with the charges made by Farouk Systems.

“We are pleased that the jury returned a verdict in our favor and found Costco liable for selling counterfeit merchandise bearing the CHI trademark,” says General Counsel Wisam Ghuneim representing Farouk Systems. “This verdict is a significant milestone in the ongoing fight against buyers, distributors, and sellers of counterfeit and fake goods.  It is of paramount importance that retailers employ better and prudent practices to ensure that the products they sell the public are genuine.  Not only do counterfeit and fake goods infringe on intellectual property rights of brand owners, but they also take much needed jobs away from the American economy”.

Farouk Shami, founder and chairman of Farouk Systems adds, “I’m very pleased with the verdict and this shows that Farouk Systems will fight known counterfeiting and will preserve the integrity and authenticity of CHI products consumers purchase.”   

This win comes nearly a year after Farouk Systems had secured a judgment against multiple Chinese entities for selling and distributing counterfeit CHI irons over the internet.  In that case, a federal judge awarded Farouk Systems a monetary judgment in the amount of $304 million dollars against the defendants. 

About Farouk Systems, Inc.

Farouk Systems, Inc. is a Houston-based company that manufactures the world-renowned brands CHI and BioSilk with a mission statement of: Education, Environment and Ethics.  With more than 2,500 employees, the company sells its products in over 100 countries.  The company was founded in 1986 when Farouk Shami invented the first ammonia-free lightening system. Following benchmarks include incorporating silk into hair care, originating CHI thermal tool technology and continuous innovation through research to create better, safer products. For more information, go to    

Could Houston Lure the Ms. Universe Pageant?
November 30, 2010

Houston businessman and former political candidate Farouk Shami isn’t shy about being in the spotlight.  But on Tuesday afternoon, Farouk was  keeping quiet about the purpose of his visit to city hall.

Sources told 2 on The Beat that the founder of  one of the world’s most famous hair straightening irons, the CHI, is trying to bring the Ms. Universe pageant to our city.

A successful pageant like that would potentially bring revenue, along with thousands of visitors and millions of  international viewers to our city. 

Farouk would not comment on the pageant,however, he was kind enough to stop and pose for a picture  while standing in front of his beautiful chauffeur driven Bently.

Farouk Shami Campaign Team Shakeup
December 22, 2009

Only one week after officially filing to run in the 2010 Democratic Party gubernatorial primary,  Houston  hair care magnet Farouk Shami has announced that he’s  hired several  new political consultants to manage his campaign.


I’m not personally familiar with his new team members,   but they seem like people who have experience running viable political campaigns in Texas and throughout the country.

It’s clear that  Shami has the money to pay an experienced staff and run a political machine, but  most campaign analysts  consider him the underdog in the primary race against  Houston Mayor Bill White.

Can Shami’s new team help him and his message gain traction and respect with voters throughout Texas?

The following is a news release that I received from the Shami campaign: 

 Shami Campaign Announces New Team

HOUSTON-Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Farouk Shami today announced that he has assembled a top-tier senior staff and consulting team for his primary campaign.

The hires include a new campaign director and senior strategist, new additions to the Shami communications team, and a new media buyer and media buying firm.

“I am very excited about the team we have put together in the last week. I am proud to be working with these men and women. We have all the elements of a winning team,” Shami said.

Vince Leibowitz will join the team as Campaign Director and Senior Strategist. He most recently served as Communications and Policy Director for Hank Gilbert’s gubernatorial campaign, and worked statewide in 2008 as Campaign Director for Dale Henry’s campaign for Texas Railroad Commissioner, in addition to working a number of other races as a staffer and consultant. In addition to the appointment of Leibowitz as Campaign Director, Jamilah Shami was appointed Deputy Campaign Director.

Kelly Love Johnson will join Shami’s campaign as Communications Director through a contract with Austin-based Broad Street Interactive. Kelly recently served as the Communications Director for the Linda Ketner for Congress campaign in South Carolina, and has extensive experience in journalism and new media.

Joining the communications team as Press Secretary for Rapid Response is Charlie Ray, also through Broad Street Interactive.  Ray is widely known as the author of the political blog “Pink Dome,” which had a successful run from 2005 through 2008. Charlie is now CEO of Broad Street Interactive, a digital media agency based in Austin.

Joining the campaign as the media buyer of record for television, radio, and online media, is Fortune Media, headed by founder Ondine Fortune. Ondine is recognized as one of the nation’s top experts in media planning and buying for politics and public affairs campaigns. Fortune Media enjoyed a 41-9 win ratio on behalf of its campaigns in the 2008 election cycle. Nicole Bouda, Vice President of Media Buying for Fortune Media, will also be working with the campaign.

The Baughman Company joined Shami’s campaign last week to handle direct mail. Its previous clients include former presidential candidates Howard Dean and Hillary Rodham Clinton as well as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Strategic Telemetry also joined Shami’s campaign for predictive analytics and microtargeting work. The firm recently performed similar services for President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Also joining the Shami team is Progressive PST, a company founded by longtime netroots activists that offers professional Twitter campaign tools which were recently used by the “No On 1” campaign in Maine to recruit volunteers, donors, and help drive the online debate. Progressive PST’s client list includes Joe Hoeffel’s gubernatorial campaign in Pennsylvania, David Krikorian’s congressional campaign in Ohio, and Lois Herr’s congressional race in Pennsylvania.

The new additions to the Shami team join general consultants Robert Jara and Dan McClung; pollster Ben Tulchin of Tulchin Research; media specialists Tad Devine and Julian Mulvey of Devine Mulvey; and Lone Star Strategies, who handles compliance for Shami’s campaign. The new staff additions join Shami’s existing team including Jessica Gutierrez as Public Relations Director, and Scott Emery as Executive Outreach Director.

Additional team members will be forthcoming between now and December 31.

Another Candidate For Governor of Texas
November 18, 2009


 For Immediate Release:

WHAT:          Farouk Shami announces he is running for Texas Governor.  Earlier this year, Shami relocated manufacturing to Houston, TX from South Korea and China and still managed to cut costs. He hopes this will show other companies that it is possible to bring jobs back stateside and still remain profitable.


WHEN:          Thursday, November 19, 2009, 2:30 p.m.



                        880 East Richey Road

                        Houston, TX  77073


WHY:             Farouk Shami believes in new solutions for Texas and firmly believes that “Made in USA” is the strongest brand in the world.  Shami, the inventor of the world renowned brands CHI and BioSilk has created thousands of jobs in Texas.  As governor, he will encourage business owners to stop sending jobs overseas and start creating jobs here in Texas. 

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