If you Google “America’s Pastime”, the results will focus on Baseball. This is misleading, as from my observations, I am fairly certain that this country’s favourite activity is suing.

I am not sure that there is an upside to this litigate first attitude, but there is one particular aspect that is very troubling; the manner in which large corporations bully smaller ones. I came across a particularly egregious example, where the small company was a craft brewery. Messing with beer is a terrible thing.

A company that makes energy drinks called Monster is suing a Vermont brewery that makes a beer called Vermonster. How how anyone could think that there was confusion between the two is beyond any sane person; only a lawyer could have show such irrationality.  Details of the story from the AP and here at the brewery’s website is a video of the brewery’s owner.

I would say that I am boycotting Monster energy drinks, but since I don’t drink energy drinks, this would be an especially empty gesture.

Published in: on 15 October, 2009 at 6:48  Leave a Comment  

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