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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    R. Vafael, 4 Mar 2008 @ 9:53am

    Lowe's Installers!

    Anyone who has/thinks about/ or wants Lowe's to install anything for them should read this! I used to do installs for Lowe's (and other big box stores). As an installer, our company did not get paid on almost 20% of installs. As a sub-contractor...Lowe's promises to either make you or break you! No $hit!

    It all started out GREAT!!! Money was rolling...the communication lines were open with the install sales team and the store managers. They had us think we were gods! Until...After the first six months they withheld payment on one job. The next six months went by and they withheld payment on 3 jobs. The next six months went by and they starting holding back and not paying money. This is a game they play with their subcontractors. When business is bad at Lowe's they are hosing their sub-contractors.

    Honestly, I seriously doubt that the fencing contractor on the job got paid for the install! You can bet your a$$ that Lowe's made a bundle on this. One thing is for sure...the customer did not get their money back.

    Anyway...after 2 years of getting hosed by Lowe's we somehow financially managed to drop them. They owe us over $25,000.00. I have spoken with an attorney and we do have just cause to file an action against Lowe's but it would be better if we could find a multitude of other installers who have experienced the same problem.

    Go to Craigslist.org/Milwaukee and look under skilled trades to get in on class action lawsuit for sub-contractors.

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