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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    Anonymous Coward, 17 Sep 2008 @ 1:35pm

    Lowe's Sucks

    I think that people should be able to voice what is going on in Lowe's. Workers, Ex workers and customers. They do suck. They have there heads up each others you know whats. The upper managers are always breaking the rules inside and out side of Lowe's. Lowe's is going to loose more customers if they don't start changing the way they do there job. They need to start fist with getting rid of the problems that are in the stores like the Managers. Palm Springs Lowe's sucks. It was once a nice place to shop and work now it is a hell hole for workers and customers alike. I worked for Lowe's for years got bugged about who I was dating and them trying to call my childs school to see if she was sick. I stopped working for them. And now over a year I have not been with them. I shop all the time because my customers need thing and I get bothered by the managers. What they hell. They have the worst managers ever.

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