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
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    adam silber, 27 Apr 2014 @ 1:40pm

    lots of big companies have issues

    The recent Neiman Marcus data compromise again appears to reveal the desperate state of affairs under Karen Katz CEO. The company claims it doesn't matter if you suffer for a stolen identity from shopping at their store. They had 60,000 notifications their customers information was compromised ,They acted on none of them .

    The company is becoming a poster child for poor and often unethical behavior presents many dangers that are avoidable by shopping at a more reputable retailer.

    Customers and employees are said to "act like Jews"

    Asian Americans are said to look "extra Asian " by its own Management.

    Entire Departments may have no Latino employees for years despite having qualified applicants.

    The company's "HR" department apparently attempts to conceal this by often only considering them for low level janitorial positions.

    He-Management has called gay male employees "F**s" .

    " Fire him he has HIV" was stated by a different Department Manger

    That employee working in one of the N.M. restaurants would prepare food without gloves. He used unwashed hands and cut fingers to prepare salads and sandwiches.

    It has a questionable food safety record . It may not have followed food safety laws for many years . It has no public statement to suggest otherwise. Blood borne pathogens have not seemed to be of their concern .

    A Neiman Marcus employee bled in prepared food through an open wrist bone wound.. When asked by The United States Government to respond, the company stated they are not applicable under the law. OSHA in Washington D.C was notified . The company never directly answered as to why it did not adequately protect its customers. The company shifted the blame to Liberty Mutual Insurance who hasn't ever stated why it never conducted an investigation despite repeated contacts.

    In another publicized case Neiman Marcus was implicated in forging fake documents to smear an African American ex employee . Another abusive tactic Neiman Marcus utilizes is to have suspected African American's shoplifting cases moved to different judges courts. . This according to company Management allows an increase in the time they will spend in jail . The company reportedly pays the Court to honor its request to switch judges it deems as not giving lengthy enough sentences based on their skin color. The United States Department of Justice has been made aware of this.

    Additional concerns include that the company has failed to pay wages properly and is known for retaliatory issues (Neimanmarcuslawsuit.com)

    It now has numerous deserved pending class action lawsuits for the data compromise.

    The company claimed that one of it's former manager's is a "pedophile". Interestingly they gave him a positive reference to work at Chuckie Cheese Pizza (Owned by Apollo Management). This despite the fact it is a business aimed at children where a danger may be present. It 's present owners Ares Management and CCIPB both have been contacted.. Neither have chose to adequately address anything perhaps because of buyers remorse


    Ms. Katz should consider resigning as seems her character is worrisome at best, Ares Management and CCIPB should address the abnormal amount of issues that its retail peers don't seem to be afflicted with.

    Sources - DOL, OSHA, U.S Dept. of Justice complaint., EEOC records

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