Late Wednesday, United State District Judge Jed S. Rakoff issued a decision about whether Johnson & Johnson could pursue some of the claims made in its complaint against the American Red Cross to restore the long-held legal boundaries surrounding the use of the Red Cross trademark. Given this matter is still pending, there isn't much more to say about our legal strategy beyond what has been already said in public statements (here and here) and on this blog (here, here, here and here), but for those who are interested, below is the company's statement on Wednesday's decision:
We are pleased that the Court upheld Johnson & Johnson's use of its Red Cross trademark over the past century as entirely appropriate under federal law, and that the Court upheld our right to pursue the tortious interference and breach of contract claims. We are disappointed that the Court rejected our claims involving ARC's commercial uses of the emblem. We are reviewing the decision and look forward to continuing this process to resolve our legal dispute with the American Red Cross.
Of course, it is imortant to keep in mind that Johnson & Johnson remains committed to supporting the longstanding mission of the American Red Cross to provide relief services in times of natural disasters.