Nice Filed Lawsuit photos

A few nice filed lawsuit images I found:

One of these things is not like the others.
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In 2014, Austrian beverage corporation Red Bull filed a trademark complaint with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against a Virginia ‘craft’ brewery, Old Ox Brewing Company, for perceived consumer confusion over the name of the energy drink vs. the beer.

clockwise, from left:
logo for Red Bull GmbH;
logo for Old Ox Brewing Company;
logo for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management.

The Sesame Street childrens’ jingle goes:
"One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn’t belong,
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?

Can you tell the difference between these three logos? Apparently, the adults at Red Bull cannot. The brewery, exasperated, has gone public with the dispute.

9 February 2015.

"Would consumers of the energy drink Red Bull think the company has entered the beer market, if they came in contact with Virginia’s Old Ox Brewery? Attorneys for the extreme drink certainly think so, and have filed a complaint in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The filing can be found here.

Red Bull says Old Ox Brewery infringes upon its registered trademark. In it, attorneys for the energy drink assert some consumers might confuse the brands because “an ‘ox’ and a ‘bull’ both fall within the same class of ‘bovine’ animals and are virtually indistinguishable to most consumers. In addition, an ox is a castrated bull.”
All About Beer, 9 February 2015.

"Red Bull has never made a beer. Old Ox has never made a beverage called Red Ox, though they’ve made a few beers with colors in the name, including Black Ox porter and Golden Ox ale. And rather than a particular bovine, the brewery’s name comes from Old Ox Road, the Loudoun thoroughfare which dates back to the early 18th century."
Washington Post, 9 February 2015.

"Advocates of Ashburn’s Old Ox Brewery came out Thursday night to support the local business in its ongoing dispute with Red Bull over a trademark challenge the energy drink manufacturer filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office about 10 months ago. Hundreds of supporters showed up, enough that some had to wait outside until others left. "
Loudoun Times, 12 February 2015.

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Parti Gras 304
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Parti Gras ’09 on February 21st in Clearwater, Florida. A scientology cult Flag bus and the laughable "Super Powers" aka Mecca building in the background. Cultists actually believe they gain super powers at the higher "OT" levels, such as the ability to control the physical universe with one’s mind, becoming impervious to cancer and other ridiculous bullshit. Google OTVIII

As part of the 13th straight month of protests in over 50 cities around the world, Anonymous marched in what the scientology CULT calls it’s "Mecca". With a free concert downtown, many locals were drawn to the area and public support was overwhelming. Many LULZ were had and many Parti Gras beads with small fliers attached were given

Last week the mother of Kyle Brennan filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the cult and three of it’s members, one being the sister of the cult leader, David Miscavige. Kyle wasn’t a scientologist, but unfortunately for him his father was and Kyle died in Clearwater.

Front page newspaper article:

Horrific PDF of court filing:

All faces of those unmasked are blurred to protect them from the cult’s "Fair Game" policy of harassing it’s critics. These are brave people of all ages and walks of life, standing shoulder to shoulder with ex-Scientologists to bring the truth TO YOU.

But don’t take my word for it, educate yourself about what TIME Magazine called "The Cult of Greed and Power":

George Cleeve statue (Founder of Portland, Maine – 1633)
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Eastern Prom Trail, Portland, Maine USA • Carved into the base: George Cleeve // b. 1586 Somersetshire, England. d. by 1671 Portland (Falmouth), Maine. He relied on persuasion by words not the sword. // Deputy Pres. of Lygonia 1647-1658. // Founder of Portland, Maine 1633.

This statue is modeled after one of Portland’s founders, George Cleeve, and it stands along the Eastern Waterfront. The statue happens to be standing on land belong to Portland Yacht Services, a business that is owned by a descendent of Cleeve. … this statue caused some controversy back when it was offered to the city in 2002. It was not accepted by the city due to the possibility that Cleeve had owned slaves. So despite not being a piece of public art and being located on private land, when the Portland Yacht Services is open during the day you can stop in for a glimpse of the statue that they found a place for. – From the website of Portland Daily Photo.

A statue of the founder of Portland, Maine, will go up after all, despite protests from city officials and others that the man is unworthy of memorializing because he may have owned a slave nearly 400 years ago, reports the Portland Press Herald.

But instead of going on city property, the seven-foot likeness of George Cleeve will go on private property owned by a descendant of the man who settled Portland around 1633. Initially, the ,000 statue — donated to the city by a private group [the George Cleeve Association; and commissioned and donated to the association by John Threlfall of Madison, Wisconsin, a Cleeve descendant.] — was to be installed at the Maine State Pier, but officials changed their mind when word leaked that Cleeve had a servant named Oliver Weeks who may have been a slave. Credible evidence that Weeks was black or a slave never surfaced.

The city’s Public Art Committee said the city should "respectfully decline" the statue because, in part, it wanted to avoid offending African-Americans who have long been excluded from Eurocentric, white-male accounts of U.S. history. – From a report in 1962.

• Some more history: Born in 1586, Cleeve arrived on the coast of Maine in 1630. He settled first in Cape Elizabeth, then known as Spurwink, with his wife, Joan, and daughter, Elizabeth. He immediately formed a partnership with Richard Tucker, who was already there when Cleeve arrived. Confusion over land title forced Cleeve and Tucker to leave Cape Elizabeth in 1633 and resettle on the nearby peninsula that is now Portland. Cleeve built a house at Clay Cove, between what would become India Street and the Casco Bay ferry terminal. The two men went back to England in 1636 and returned with the title to Machigonne Point. The area became Casco in the 1640s and was absorbed by the larger Falmouth land grant in 1658.

Little is known about Tucker. One letter from the era describes him as Cleeve’s servant before he moved in 1646 to Portsmouth and later became a selectman, according to the "Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire." More is known about Cleeve, in large part because he headed the regional government assembly for a time. He also regularly used the colonial court system, filing numerous deeds and lawsuits and eventually serving as a court officer.

Cleeve lived in Falmouth for the rest of his life, until he died around 1666, impoverished and still waging court battles. His descendants, who call themselves Cleevies, trace their heritage through the centuries to Cleeve’s daughter and son-in-law, Michael Mitton, who had five daughters and one son.

Cleeve and Tucker already have a monument, a 17-foot-tall granite obelisk erected in 1883 on the Eastern Promenade, at the beginning of Congress Street. But Cleeve Association members say the obelisk isn’t enough because it fails to reflect Cleeve’s era. They say their ancestor should be recognized as the sole founder of Portland because he stayed on and became the first political leader of the region. – From Portland Press Herald Writer Kelley Bouchard, January 14, 2002.

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