Legal Fight Over Red Cross Symbol

Medical firm Johnson & Johnson is suing the American Red Cross, alleging the charity has misused the famous red cross symbol for commercial purposes. J&J said a deal with the charity’s founder in 1895 gave it the exclusive use of the symbol as a trademark for drug, chemical and surgical products. It said American Red Cross had violated this agreement by licensing the symbol to other firms to sell certain goods. The charity described the lawsuit as obscene. It said many of the products at issue were health and safety kits and that profits from their sale had been used to support disaster-relief campaigns — via Ben Templesmith

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