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    Wal-Mart In Court Fight Over 'Wal-ocaust' T-Shirts

    POSTED: 11:55 am EST March 8, 2006

    ATLANTA -- A Georgia man has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart in federal district court in Atlanta in a fight over his T-shirts that compare the retailer's business practices to the Holocaust.

    Charles Smith has been marketing shirts that read, "I (heart) Wal-ocaust" T-shirts. Wal-Mart filed a cease-and-desist order in an attempt to make him stop printing the shirts.

    The company said Smith is engaging in trademark infringement. It has threatened to sue Smith if he continues to display the logos on his Web site and to print them on his products.

    The 48-year-old Smith is a computer repairman and said he has no deep connection to the company. But he claims using the logos is a free speech issue.

    Smith said he came up with his anti-Wal-Mart logo after conversations with a customer and an employee who both had bad experiences with the retailer.

    He designed his first logo in July. One shirt -- with "Wal-ocaust" printed above an eagle and a smiley face sold on Nov. 16 and netted Smith $5.10.

    He said if the court sides with him, he will use any profits to pay his legal fees and for continued production of the products.

    Wal-Mart spokeswoman Sarah Clark said Smith is infringing on the company's trademark and also "making an offensive association between Wal-Mart and one of the greatest tragedies of the past century."



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    Default Re: Wal-Mart plans to sue 'Wal-o-caust' web parody

    i'm confused, what ground does he have to stand on in suing Walmart?

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    Default Re: Wal-Mart plans to sue 'Wal-o-caust' web parody

    I guess he thinks their cease-and-desist order is an infringement
    on his constitutionally-enshrined freedom of expression.

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    they should wrap up the constitution and shove it up his ass.

    for fun.

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    Default Re: Wal-Mart plans to sue 'Wal-o-caust' web parody

    Does no one have a sense of humor anymore? It would have been great to wear a shirt with this to work when I was a college student working for WalMart (actually Sam's Club, but same thing).
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    SOHBS is widespread, alas.

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    Default Re: Wal-Mart plans to sue 'Wal-o-caust' web parody

    Like this site or logo is really going to hurt Wal-mart..all they are doing by fighting is giving it all the more of an audience..

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    Default Re: Wal-Mart plans to sue 'Wal-o-caust' web parody

    Wal Mart got into a huge legal pissing war with a site that's since been pulled - www.walmartsucks.com It was put up by this very pathetic Star Wars lovin' Hot Wheels hordin' nerd that got into a pushy-shovy with a Wal Mart employee the day the new Hot Wheels models were put on the sales floor. His local Wal Mart in Maine legally banned him, getting a restraining order and putting a serious crimp in his Star Wars toy and Hot Wheel obtaining. He retaliated by starting up the Wal Mart Sucks site. It was hysterical, pages of ranting by former and current employees and customers combined with all the negative press articles this guy could hunt down. He had links to send Wal Mart hate emails and the works. But the funniest was the pages he had photos of himself and his 'collections', details of his struggle with Wal Mart and scans of legal documents. It was so weird I wasn't sure it wasn't a parody site at first. Too bad after three years or so Wal Mart managed to sequelch him. I heard he got the last laugh by forcing them to buy his domain name at a high price. Wonder if they paid him in Star Wars toys?

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