Lowes Tries To Silence Sucks Site For Complaints About Lowes

from the did-someone-call-Streisand's-name? dept

We've covered a variety of cases involving so-called "sucks sites," where someone registers as a domain name the name of a company and appends sucks to the end in order to create a complaint site. Companies have often complained that these sites are trademark violations, but that usually doesn't pass the moron in a hurry test. The latest such case involves home improvement store Lowes. A guy who bought a fence from them was upset that the installers botched the job. Lowes refused to take responsibility, so he set up a site at Lowes-Sucks.com and promptly received a cease and desist from the company claiming trademark violation. While early on, a few companies were able to get sucks sites shut down, it's become a lot rarer, as judges tend to recognize that criticism is perfectly legitimate -- and no one is likely to confuse a sucks site as being endorsed by the company. In the meantime, of course, in sending out such a cease and desist, Lowes has just drawn a lot more attention to the fact that they won't take responsibility for the botched fence install. Wouldn't it have just been better for business to fix the damn fence?

Filed Under: streisand effect, sucks site
Companies: lowes


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    Mary, 24 May 2008 @ 3:41pm

    pissed

    I work at Lowes and I am in my 7th month of pregnancy. Other cashiers with doctor's notes were allowed a stool, so I went and got a doctors note. The first day I had my stool everyone seemed irritated by it. Its not like I didn't do what I was supposed to do. It's not like I didn't stand to ring up customers, either. They were jealous because they have to stand on the concrete and I got to relieve myself in between customers. I had my stool 3 days and then they banned ALL stools for everyone, even people with their notes claiming that people without notes were sitting in them anyways. I HAVE A DOCTOR'S NOTE THAT I WENT OUT OF MY WAY TO GET SO THAT I WON'T HAVE A PREMATURE BABY WITH A LOW BIRTH WEIGHT!!! If they got a problem with it, they should lay down, get fucked, and get pregnant so they can sit down. I am fed up with them and about ready to tell them all to kiss my ass. I HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE A BABY ON THE WAY AND HAVE A JOB, and I beleive it is the law that they need to accomodate people or else it is discrimination.

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