Pez Sues Calif. Museum Over Outsized Dispenser

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2009 2:34 PM CDT
Vintage Pez ads at the Pez museum.   (Flickr)
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(Newser) – Pez is suing a California store and museum over an 8-foot-tall dispenser custom-made for the establishment—and thus not sanctioned by the Austrian candy-maker, the San Jose Mercury News reports. “From a branding perspective, I think Pez should embrace the Dosses and the museum, instead of trying to attack them,” says the lawyer for the museum’s “curators.”

Pez has been on the case of the Museum of Pez Memorabilia since it erected the snowman—which, for $15, coughs up a regulation-size dispenser—in 2007. The curators had been calling the Guinness-certified working statue “the world’s biggest Pez dispenser,” which irked the company. They changed the name to the “world’s biggest dispenser of Pez.” Says one: “I don’t like people telling artists to destroy their art. I mean, it’s a toy that gives you candy. What could be more perfect than that?”