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PostPosted: Sat Aug 11, 2007 1:15 am 
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Are they hardup or something? Come on, it's not like the Red Cross is going to turn into a Target or something.

American Red Cross sued over its emblem by Johnson & Johnson

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AFP | Published: Friday August 10, 2007

After more than a century of sharing the same emblem, a red cross on a white field, Johnson & Johnson has sued the American Red Cross for using its trademark for other than non-profit purposes.

J&J claims the ARC is marketing first-aid kits to make a profit, while the Red Cross says the money from the sale of the kits goes exclusively to its relief services and called the pharmaceutical giant's lawsuit "obscene."

People around the world "look to the Red Cross emblem and see a worldwide symbol of humanitarianism. The Red Cross will vigorously defend and protect our emblem and mission," ARC President Mark Everson said Friday in a statement.

Pharmaceutical giant J&J said it was "very disappointed" at the ARC's campaign to license the trademark "to several businesses for commercial purposes on all types of products being sold."

J&J said that by marketing products such as baby mitts, nail clippers, combs, toothbrushes and humidifiers, the ARC was violating a long-standing agreement that J&J would use its trademark on commercial products while ARC would use it in connection with its non-profit relief services.

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More corporate greed? :?

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Catherine wrote:
More corporate greed? :?


And the Red Cross isn't exactly wearing a halo.

There is enough guilt to go around...

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There is an older fellow I know who fought in Korea. He said the RC would CHARGE the soldiers for cups of coffee and other small snack items while pretending to the public to be giving their services to them. He said he'd NEVER donate to the RC. (Clara Barton would turn over in her grave if she could see the RC now, wouldn't she?) This ex-Marine said that the Salvation Army was the best organization for the job they do.

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I have heard so many stories like this. And the RC didn't do itself any favors in New Orleans either.

I am sure there are many good people in the RC, but their reputation isn't good among the people I know, and you know the people I know are not kindly liberal types.

Is this a case of two wrongs still don't make a right?

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