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P. Miller defends self, Wal-Mart in copyright suit

BY CSA STAFF

LOS ANGELES, Calif. Master P has teamed up with Wal-Mart to defend itself over a lawsuit revolving around the rapper’s P. Miller clothing line, available exclusively at select Walmart stores.

In a suit filed by Pepe Jeans London, the high-priced clothing company, accuses P. Miller of copyright infringement over the us of a circled P.

 

 

P. Miller claims that its clothing has featured the circled-P style since 1989 and has been using an encircled P on its various garments from the very beginning. The company added that P. Miller clothing has been available worldwide through retailers such as JCPenny, Mervyn’s, Sears, and Kohl’s, and has never once been the subject of a lawsuit.

 

 

According to P. Miller, the company legally registered a “circled-P with wings” mark through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office with a date of first-use of April 1, 2003. The plaintiff in the suit, Pepe Jeans London, filed their date of first-use as June 1, 2003. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recognizes the marks of both P. Miller and Pepe Jeans London as registered and unique.

 

“I went to the website of PepeJeans.com and couldn’t find a circled-P anywhere, on their clothing, or the brand advertising within the site,” said P. Miller after searching their page. “I’m the future of affordable fashion and big brands will always hate me, but they shouldn’t throw stones if they live in a glass house!

 

P. Miller acknowledged that the suit may have been brought on because of its alliance with Wal-Mart. As the largest retailer, Wal-Mart is often the target of bogus lawsuits, P. Miller said.

From a legal perspective, government trademark authorities have reviewed the issue and concluded that P. Miller Designs’ activities do not constitute trademark infringement, the company reported. P. Miller is confident the Pepe Jeans suit will fail.

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KB slashes toy prices in time for holidays

BY CSA STAFF

PITTSFIELD, Mass. KB Toys reported that will reduce more than 200 popular toys to $10 or less as part of an initiative to help customers save money during the holiday gift buying season.

KB Toys recently expanded its Super Value Program to include video games priced as low as $9.98 and DVD family movies and entertainment starting at 2 for $9.98.

To help consumer dollars go even further, this week KB Toys also added twenty-five items to the Extreme Value! Lineup. The Extreme Value! selection offers even lower prices on select, guest favorite, Super Values from famous names like Fisher-Price, Mattel, Hasbro, Disney and more.

“Our guests have come to know they can always find exceptional bargains with our Super Value Program,” said Andy Bailen, ceo of KB Toys. “Clearly, more consumers are looking for affordably priced gifts and that is why we also just took over two hundred great toys and lowered their prices to $10 or less.”

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Rite Aid Sept. comps up 1.7%

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CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid announced that for the four weeks ended Sept. 27, same-store sales increased 1.7% over the prior-year period.

For the September period, same-stores sales excluding the acquired Brooks Eckerd stores increased 3.2% over the prior-year period.

 

Once again our core stores delivered solid gains, and our acquired stores posted a significant increase in the front end and good improvement in the pharmacy. The turnaround of the former Brooks Eckerd stores continues, said Mary Sammons, Rite Aid chairman and ceo.

Total drug store sales for the four-week period decreased 0.8% to $1.971 billion compared to $1.986 billion for the same period last year.

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