Judge Rules Anti-Wal-Mart Shirts Don't Infringe

Law360, New York (March 26, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Georgia man who produces protest T-shirts comparing Wal-Mart to Nazis and terrorists has won a two-year legal battle with the retail giant, with a federal judge ruling that his shirts do not infringe Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s trademark.

Since 2005, Charles Smith has sold shirts and other novelty items parodying the Wal-Mart logo and bearing such slogans as “Walocaust” and “Wal-Qaeda.” The items are sold through Web sites he runs with the domain names www.walocaust.com and www.walqaeda.com, which criticize Wal-Mart's business and labor practices.

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