Union Organizers’ Activist/Gripe Sites Don’t Support Trademark Claims–Cintas v. Unite Here

16 03 2009

By Eric Goldman

Cintas Corp. v. Unite Here, 2009 WL 604099 (S.D.N.Y. March 9, 2009). The Unite Here press release.

Cintas, a Fortune 500 company, manufactures uniforms. The defendants are unions and affiliated folks interested in unionizing Cintas’ workforce. This article indicates that the litigants don’t like each other.

To advance their objectives, the defendants set up several websites that critique/criticize Cintas, such as cintasexposed.org (targeting Cintas’ customers), uniformjustice.org (targeting Cintas’ employees) and notonmytrack.info (targeting NASCAR fans). The cintasexposed.org website contained a disclaimer and also linked (directly and indirectly) to some sites with commercial aspects.


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