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Thursday
Sep062012

Ben & Jerry’s Sues Over X-Rated DVDs

Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank(NEW YORK) -- Boston Cream Pie. Peanut Butter D-Cup. Hairy Garcia.

No, these are not the latest ice-cream flavors from Ben & Jerry’s. They are the names of X-rated DVDs that have left a sour taste in the mouth of Ben & Jerry’s execs.

And so, the South Burlington, Vt., ice cream-company — a unit of Unilever NV –  has sued Rodax Distributors and Caballero Video  of North Hollywood, Calif., for trademark violation and for tainting Ben & Jerry’s  wholesome name.

According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan Sept. 5, the distribution and sales of 10 “exploitative, hardcore pornographic” DVDs in Caballero’s Ben & Cherry’s line tarnishes Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc.’s reputation by linking it with pornography.

The suit claims the DVDs’ packaging, which include images of naked men and women set against grazing cows, green grass and marshmallow-white clouds, is a direct rip-off of Ben & Jerry’s own packaging, and that the DVDs will cause “confusion, mistake or deception” among ice-cream buyers.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, along with a court order requiring Caballero to destroy the DVDs and promotional materials in question.

Neither Rodax nor Caballero returned calls from ABC News seeking comment.

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Thursday
Nov102011

Pushback on CEO’s Porn on Planes Proposal

Comstock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN, Ireland) -- An anti-pornography group is now taking aim at Ryan Air, whose CEO has proposed a new app for smartphones that would allow passengers to watch racy material in the comfort of their aisle seat.

The group, Morality in Media, Thursday called on U.S. citizens and pro-family organizations in Europe to contact the European airline and “stop this outrage before it gets started,” according to a statement by Dawn Hawkins, executive director of MIM.

The CEO of Dublin, Ireland-based Ryan Air floated the idea of offering porn on his low-cost carrier.  According to British press reports, CEO Michael O’Leary is mulling a new app for iPads or smartphones that would allow passengers to watch erotic movies – for a fee, of course.

O’Leary made it clear he’s not proposing to offer porn on the plane’s TV screens, just on personal electronic devices. 

Still, as any flyer knows, there’s hardly any assurance that passengers and children sitting nearby wouldn’t be in for an unwelcomed and shocking experience.

Ryan Air, which flies throughout Europe, charges fees for just about everything – from checked luggage to food and drinks, even for checking in online and printing your boarding pass, even though that is required because the airline doesn’t offer any check-in at the airport.  Much like Spirit Air in the U.S, Ryan Air’s philosophy is to charge as low a fare as possible for your seat, then heap on fees for everything else.  

Major airlines, of course, have adopted some of these fees themselves.

Ryan’s CEO has made it a habit of suggesting controversial moves.  He’s talked about taking out some of the bathrooms to add more seats, selling standing room seats, and moving to pay toilets.  The airline has just launched a racy crew calendar, as well.

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