Martha Stewart Sued For Selling Bogus Cooking Knives
Martha Stewart as it turns out hasn’t learnt her lesson; she recently had a lawsuit filed against her by customers, for selling bogus cooking knives. Emeril Lagasse too had a lawsuit filed against him. Basically, Emeril Lagasse has been the pitchman for the cutlery, which he has been selling on the Home Shopping Network. Martha Stewart’s company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, owns Emeril’s product line. Therefore it wouldn’t be wrong to say that they both are the ones who would be blamed by the consumers.
The knives had “Solingen, Germany” emblazoned on the blade, which naturally led customers to believe the product was manufactured by the world-famous Solingen knife-makers. But the consumers realized it isn’t so, and as it turns out the knives were cheap knock-offs made in China. Surely, all the customers might have yelled ‘what the hell’, when they realized this. Then as it happens they decided to set things right and consequently filed a lawsuit against the two main characters who were involved in this scam. On HSN’s website, consumers have voiced their discontent, regarding the quality of the knives and their durability.
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Probably, there are consumers who might not have yet faced any genuine problems with their product, but on knowing that they have been made a fool, surely they too want in on the witch-hunt. It’s interesting that the product is a knife, as now the metaphor that Martha Stewart stabbed her consumers in the back, would be a valid analogy to use. It’s baffling as to why Martha and her team would take such a chance and infringe copyrights, when they are surely aware that copyright laws are strict and if caught infringing them, it could mean jail time and a huge settlement.
In retrospect, those few extra dollars that she and her company might have earned by duping the consumers, shall now probably go to the company that actually makes the real Solingen knives. In other words, a lawsuit was filed by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid, which owns the Solingen name, seeking $2 mil in damages for each trademark infringement.
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