Drug Giant Sues Red Cross Over ... Red Cross

Johnson & Johnson claims trademark infringement
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 9, 2007 10:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Pharmaceutical behemoth Johnson & Johnson has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the American Red Cross over its signature logo, the Wall Street Journal reports. The suit claims the humanitarian organization is violating the Johnson & Johnson trademark by licensing the signature red cross symbol to companies for use on products such as first aid kits.

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The suit, which demands punitive damages and that all licensed products with the cross be destroyed, is "bizarre," the head of the American Red Cross said. "For a multi-billion-dollar drug company to claim that the Red Cross violated a criminal statute—simply so that J&J can make more money—is obscene." (Read more Johnson & Johnson stories.)

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