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auex 
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Personally i think Monster Cable is full of it.  Your sueing over part of your company name. PART OF IT!! c'mon.  Im even surprised your winning court cases by that move. 

Please tell me that is not a valid statement.  You guys just found yourself a unclear definition of the trademark law and your going to make yourself a buck out of the deal.  Its LOW and DIRTY in my opinion.

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I really don't see how they can win cases like that. Using part of their name shouldn't even have a legit arguement in court. This is all somewhat of a shock to me, and others too, or seems to be.
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monster energy drinks are on that list.  there is no way i am EVER going to buy anything from them, or let anybody i know for that matter.
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I looked at one example of filings concerning Monster. I cannot believe our court system would tolerate this attitude Monster is showing. I don’t know much about their products, but I guarantee I will make sure I do not buy any of their products. What has this country gone to?
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Sure they can.  Court fees add up.  You read the news about all the stupid lawsuits....like the ones McDonalds had...or Philp Morris.  Not the companies fault that people don't eat right or know that smoking is bad.  Yet fast food is a multi-million dollar business, hell its prolly multi-billion by now.  Its a money maker. Get yourself an army of lawyers and look big and strong.  The unsmart business owner would drop to their knees at this sight.
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all companys have the right to watch out for themselves, but they need to remember this. "Live by the sword, die by the sword" or "what goes around".........you know the rest.
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What A load of Monster Bull$#!T.

After reading all the Post I will Never Buy any more Monster "Master Bully" Cable grear. They lost me as a customer. therefor all My Customers aswel.

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Wow! I can't believe that you guys are getting upset over a company looking out for itself! Monster might only be part of their name, but it is a distinguishing name. Just like Esoteric, or Streetwires, or RCA for that matter. All the car companies do it also. You don't want Chevy to name one of their cars after a Ford, or vice-a-versa. There is a lot of money to be made by companies that market knock offs. Like Monster said, they are just making sure that the companies that do end up using their name, maintain a quality standard consistant  with Monster so as not to detract from their name. Call it the big brother bully, or corporate  damage control, or what ever you want, but Monster Cable is a standard of quality and great workmanship. I don't blame Monster for protecting that at all.

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Just incase you havent see Mike Shkolnik's reply to the dropping of the law suite against his company,  and i quote from his website....... http://www.madmartian.com/legal/ 

From: Mike Shkolnik [legal@madmartian.com]           Sent: Thu 7/11/2002 6:24 PM

To: Irene Baran
Cc: Anne Glazer; Noel Lee
Subject: Monster Cable
Dear Irene,
I understand your need to protect your trademark. Unfortunately, you chose one of the most commonly used words in the Halloween industry to represent your company. People were having monster nightmares before wire existed. You cannot commandeer the word from the English language. Here is some research I did for my response to the case:
Number of live registered trademarks for the word "monster": 20
Number of live registered trademarks containing the word "monster": 471
Number of domain names containing the word "monster" (domainsurfer.com): 6,619
Number of domain names that start with the word "monster" (domainsurfer.com): 3,303
Number of hits from a search for "monster" on google.com: about 5,950,000
Number of hits from a search for "monster cable" on google.com: about 126,000
Number of hits from a search for "monster shop" without "monster cable" on google.com: 768
Number of hits from a search for "monster shop" with "monster cable" on google.com: 1
Number of books on BarnesandNoble.com resulting from a search for "monster": 5,734
Number of books on BarnesandNoble.com about Monster Cable Products Inc: Zero
Number of movies with "monster" in the title as per IMDB.com: 285
Number of movies with "monster" in the plot description as per IMDB.com: 438
Number of movies with "monster" as a keyword as per IMDB.com: 723
Number of movies about Monster Cable Products Inc: Zero
Number of times "monster" appears in the script for Young Frankenstein: 185
Number of times Monster Cable Products Inc is referenced in the script for Young Frankenstein: Zero
Number of children who imagined there was a monster under the bed: probably millions
Number of children who imagined there was an audio interconnect cable under the bed: probably none.
So, as much as you would like to protect your trademark, you also have to recognize that the word "monster" is entrenched in the English language for its original meaning. I suggest concentrating future efforts outside the Halloween industry. Our monsters have tentacles, not cables. Though I was kind of looking forward to having a bunch of people show up to court in monster costumes. I was going to dress as Frankenstein myself.
Note that I was quite amazed at the tremendous support from the audio industry, especially considering I had only emailed some friends and a few people in the Halloween industry. I would never have predicted so many would be outraged in your own industry. It would be wise for you to look into this deeper. Part of it was my obvious lack of conflict with your industry, but I believe a lot of it had to do with the way your attorney handled the case. It was hard to read the initial threatening letter and the filing full of lies without being outraged. If you have not read these documents yet, I encourage you to do so. You should be embarrassed by them. While I appreciate your apology and dismissal of the case, it hardly seems adequate after statements like "at all material times, defendant acted in bad faith, oppressively and maliciously towards plaintiff, with intent to injure plaintiff, thereby entitling plaintiff to treble damages against defendants". The filing is full of lies like this. How much did you expect to get from an unemployed guy with a not-yet-profitable side business anyway?
In any case, I do appreciate that you have come to see reason and are doing the right thing by dismissing this case. As you can tell from the web page at www.madmartian.com/legal, I spent a great deal of time doing research for this case, many days all day until as late as 4am. I will be sending you a bill for my time. I am also expecting a bill from my Oregon attorney, Anne Glazer of Lane/Powell. I had not yet secured a California attorney.
I trust that you will do the right thing.
Thanks,
-Mike
Mad Martian® Museum of Modern Madness™
www.madmartian.com
Featuring:
The Eyeball Museum™ and gift shop
The Toilet of Terror™
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