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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  1. identicon
    victim of Milan Properties and Home Depot, 11 Sep 2009 @ 12:51pm

    Rubenstein Milan Properties Issues and Home Depot

    Yep I saw Milan Properties and how they illegally shut it down. Only low down criminals would resort to shutting down the real, honest, and factual greiviences of a multitude. It was a Hitler Tactic, A Hussein Tactic and the tactic used by corps or businesses that actually have something real to hide. I don't use Lowes. I had a problem with Home Depot though and because of their negligence they caused a problem but ok Home Depot had a person call me back who tried to check video to assure my claim. He then recognized I had a legitimate claim and yes paid up. He made restitution without court. He wasn't always nice about it and was a lousy a nine at times but they paid up. I didn't ask for alot just enough to cover the damage. I should have demanded more though for all they cost me. Now a problem with SEARS who lied and now apparently has refused to fix the problem they caused. I may have to go to court and work xtra hard with emotional distress just to get them to be accountable for their lousy work and actions. I heard Sears got sold out to K Mart. It figures. Walk into KMart and look at the mess inside, sometimes the lousy service

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