Monday, May 04, 2009

A&F v. City of Hollister, CA.


I was catching up on some of my reading, which I had been ignoring just because I'm tired hearing about the damn FLU. When I came across the article on Consumerist.com, about how Abercrombie and Fitch is threatening to sue local merchants in the City of Hollister, CA. over trademark infringements. This is just one of those WTF type of articles, where you can not figure out what the hell are they thinking. Then have to ask yourself "are they really serious?"
I really have to agree with city and residents of Hollister, CA, that A&F is out of line with this one. This is one of those stories that can blow up in a company's face and garnish only bad press. They are worried about the brand being tarnished, well it may only be self inflicted. It's just my guess that the lawyers and executives at A&F have had their sense destroyed by the strong scent of cologne and the ear blistering loud music. Bad press is better than no press must be the only thinking here. Get over yourself.

Abercrombie & Fitch Threatens To Sue Merchants In Hollister, California For Trademark Infringement
By Carey, 4:00 PM on Sat May 2 2009, 13,459 views

Taking a page out of Monster Cable's playbook, Abercrombie & Fitch has threatened to sue merchants in Hollister, California who sell clothes bearing their town's name. A&F claims that local merchants putting "Hollister" on their clothes will confuse notoriously inept surfers who can't distinguish between a town and A&F's Hollister Co. line. So what happens if the locals defy the upscale bully? According to David Cupps, Abercrombie's general counsel and harasser-in-chief, "If they try, they would get a call and much more."

The controversy over the name heated up in 2006 when Stacey Crummett, chief executive of Hollister-based Rag City Blues, added the word "Hollister" to the label of her vintage bluejeans. In response to her trademark application, Abercrombie & Fitch attorneys sent her a letter alleging she was violating the company's trademark and threatening to sue.

Crummett, who runs the business with her husband, said she added the name simply to identify the location of her headquarters. But she backed down and removed the name from the labels.

"They are a lot bigger than us," she said. "I said, 'Let's just not argue.' "

Once word spread about Crummett's run-in with Abercrombie & Fitch, locals and city officials began to fume, saying that the clothing firm was preventing them from showing their hometown pride on T-shirts and jackets.

"To me, it's a bunch of baloney," said Raul Gonzalez, 70, working at his one-room barbershop on 6th Street. "We were here long before they thought of [the apparel line]."

Even students at Hollister's San Benito High School wonder if they are violating Abercrombie & Fitch's trademark by wearing shirts emblazed with the school nickname, the Hollister Haybalers.

Hollister City Attorney Stephanie Atigh insists that A&F's lawyers are wearing their turtlenecks a little too tight. "There is no way you can trademark Hollister, Calif.," she said. "It's a geographical place."

Hollister, Calif., is at odds with Abercrombie over name [The Los Angeles Times]

http://consumerist.com/5236880/abercrombie--fitch-threatens-to-sue-merchants-in-hollister-california-for-trademark-infringement

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-hollister24-2009apr24,0,4879577.story

1 comment:

Aaron said...

omg how crazy.

my kid is into them and all that name brand crap i keep teeling him all he is buying (or i am buying for him) is the name.

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