The Lady Scouts filed a lawsuit Tuesday towards the Boy Scouts, accusing the latter group of violating logos because it now lets ladies into its packages.
Within the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court docket for the Southern District of New York, the Lady Scouts of the US of America (GSUSA) accused the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) of trademark infringement, unfair competitors and dilution.
The Lady Scouts famous within the swimsuit that whereas the phrase “scouts” is utilized in each youth organizations’ logos, the 2 teams are “distinct, with one providing management programming developed for and aimed toward ladies, and the opposite providing programming developed for and aimed toward boys.”
“Nevertheless, that core gender distinction between the 2 organizations and their use of the time period SCOUTS and variations thereof has been altered by BSA’s current resolution to supply all of its providers to each girls and boys of all ages for the primary time in its lengthy historical past,” the lawsuit stated. “Certainly, though GSUSA and BSA have congressional charters and separate grants of mental property rights which can be particular to women and boys, respectively, BSA is now utilizing its logos in a way that’s each new and uniquely damaging to GSUSA, its logos and their underlying goodwill.”
Following the transfer to permit ladies into its packages, the Boy Scout group has tried to swing its “core model id” towards the straightforward designation “scouts.” By the Lady Scouts’ reckoning, the Boy Scout group has no authority to do, in keeping with the lawsuit.
“BSA doesn’t have the appropriate below both federal or New York legislation to make use of phrases like SCOUTS or SCOUTING by themselves in reference to providers provided to women, or to rebrand itself as ‘the Scouts’ and thereby falsely talk to the American public that it’s now the group completely related to management improvement providers provided below that mark to women.
The change would spur public confusion, tarnish the Lady Scouts’ logos, erode the group’s persona and “marginalize” its “motion by inflicting the general public to consider that GSUSA’s terribly profitable providers should not true or official ‘scouting’ packages,” the lawsuit stated.
The lawsuit charged that misinformation has unfold by elements of the nation, together with that the 2 organizations have joined forces and that the Lady Scouts have dissolved. Households have since “mistakenly” registered ladies up for the brand new packages from the Boy Scouts.
“BSA regional councils and troops have used the GIRL SCOUTS logos of their promoting and advertising and marketing supplies since BSA’s announcement occurred,” the lawsuit stated. “BSA is even utilizing quotations from GSUSA’s founder, Juliette Gordon Low, in regards to the worth of GIRL SCOUTS packages to advertise BSA’s newly launched providers.”
And regardless of the Lady Scouts efforts make the Boy Scouts conscious of the “cases of precise confusion,” the lawsuit claimed that “the unauthorized makes use of of GSUSA’s mental property, they preserve recurring.”
“Solely GSUSA has the appropriate to make use of the GIRL SCOUTS and SCOUTS logos with management improvement providers for ladies,” the lawsuit stated. “To the extent BSA needs to open its packages to women, it can’t achieve this utilizing GSUSA’s mental property with out authorization, in a way that causes confusion among the many public and harms the goodwill of the GIRL SCOUTS logos.”
In an announcement to Fox Information, the Boy Scouts stated the lawsuit had been dropped at their consideration and “are reviewing it fastidiously.”
“Our resolution to broaden our program choices for ladies got here after years of requests from households who needed the choice of the BSA’s character- and leadership-development packages for his or her kids – girls and boys. We consider that we owe it to our present and future members to supply households the choices they need,” the assertion stated.
“We applaud each group that builds character and management in kids, together with the Lady Scouts of the USA, and consider that there’s a chance for each organizations to serve ladies and boys in our communities,” the assertion continued.