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In the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) accused the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) of trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution.
“However, that core gender distinction between the two organizations and their use of the term SCOUTS and variations thereof has been altered by BSA’s recent decision to offer all of its services to both boys and girls of all ages for the first time in its long history,” the lawsuit said. “Indeed, even though GSUSA and BSA have congressional charters and separate grants of intellectual property rights that are specific to girls and boys, respectively, BSA is now using its trademarks in a manner that is both new and uniquely damaging to GSUSA, its trademarks and their underlying goodwill.”
Following the move to allow girls into its programs, the Boy Scout organization has attempted to swing its “core brand identity” toward the simple designation “scouts.” By the Girl Scouts' reckoning, the Boy Scout organization has no authority to do, according to the lawsuit.
The Girl Scouts of the USA has issued a blistering rebuke of the Boy Scouts of America's decision to begin letting girls into the ranks of its troops.
"The Boy Scouts' house is on fire," Girl Scouts told ABC News in a statement today. "Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA's senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls." ...
...The organization generates nearly $1 billion, half of its annual revenue, in sales from the famous Girl Scouts cookies.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
a reply to: StoutBroux
The Boy Scouts were sued and forced to let girls join so now the Girl Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts for losing a lawsuits......uuhhh.
Man this country is funked up beyond recognition....
originally posted by: abe froman
There is a LOT of money at stake here.
This isn't about inclusion or any other BS they're trying to virtue signal about.
Bottom line is you have a multi million dollar cookie business, that uses free child labor as a sales force, trying to maintain it's cash flow.
Follow the money.
originally posted by: AugustusMasonicus
originally posted by: BigDave-AR
How does a dispute over the term scouts really affect their cookie sales? Unless I’m missing something...
Loss of membership means lose of money collected means the executive team doesn't make a nice salary.