The Girl Scouts of the United States of America is suing the Boy Scouts of America for trademark infringement. The Girl Scouts believe that the organization’s inclusive rebranding effort has caused all sorts of consumer confusion from mistaken enrollment in the Boy Scouts to misinformation about a merge of the two groups.
The complaint was filed in a Manhattan federal court on Monday. It comes after the Boy Scouts announced plans to drop the word “boy” from its program for 11- to 17-year-olds starting next February. The program wanted a more inclusive moniker because it’s letting girls enter its ranks in 2019.
The Boy Scouts of America have already announced back in May that they would rename the Boy Scouts program Scouts BSA as they prepare to allow girls as members. They even unveiled a new marketing campaign to back the effort. “Scout Me In,” the tagline proclaimed.
But the Girl Scouts say the change could erode their brand, calling the move “uniquely damaging” to them.
In a 50-page court filing, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America accused the Boy Scouts of America of trademark infringement and dilution and unfair competition over its plan to go gender-neutral.
The Girl Scouts’ lawsuit stated the Boy Scouts of America had no right under New York State and federal law to use words like “scouts” or “scouting” by themselves “in connection with services offered to girls, or to rebrand itself as ‘the Scouts. ’”
The Girl Scouts, an organization incorporated in 1915, argued that if the Boy Scouts wanted to broaden their base, they couldn’t do it at their expense.
A spokeswoman for Boy Scouts of America said:
“We applaud every organization that builds character and leadership in children, including the Girl Scouts of the USA, and believe that there is an opportunity for both organizations to serve girls and boys in our communities.”
The Boy Scouts said it was reviewing the lawsuit.
12 Simple Rules Everyone Should Know By Heart
Some people still don’t know. Help spread the word.
Saying "please" and "thank you" or picking up after yourself are things we're all taught from a young age, and they can go a long way with others. But there are some habits we have that, while we may not consider them to be rude, could rub people the wrong way.
Maybe you're someone who's been accidentally pissing people off with your lack of knowledge about certain etiquette. Perhaps you’re someone who likes to impress people with your etiquette skills. Either way, there are some basic life rules we should all know and follow. Here are 12 simple rules everyone should know by heart.
1. If you're out to dinner and somebody else is paying, DO NOT order the most expensive thing.
8 Popular Apps Of Today Transformed Into Objects From The Past
Did you own any of these?
People nowadays couldn’t imagine themselves leaving the house without their precious mobile phones. They also feel uneasy going to a meeting without their trusty tablet or laptop.
The younger generation wouldn’t also know what it’s like living and going about their day without the internet. But for those who have experienced the 1980s, life was so much simpler back then. But just in case you’re wondering what Facebook, Netflix, Google, and a lot more would be like in the past, here are eight popular apps of today transformed into objects from the earlier years.
1. Spotify - Cassette Tape Recorder
Sweet Toddler Hugs Strangers When Told It’s Time To Leave
He made sure to hug as many people as he can before leaving!
We all know someone who can't simply go when it's time to leave a party. They might have to go around the room to say goodbye to each of their friends. However, one toddler took the art of saying goodbye to another level. The adorable kid decided that he should hug everyone in the park when his parents told him it's time to go. That's right, he hugged everyone even if they were strangers!
The heartwarming video was taken by Nick Sasfy. The proud dad and his wife Stephanie had taken the adorable little Jude to the local park. Interestingly, when the toddler learned that it was "time to go bye-bye," Jude decided he shouldn't leave without letting everyone know. So he proceeded to ambush unwitting strangers with surprise hugs.
Jude hugged as many people as he can before leaving the park.