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18. In its claims for relief, J&J asks the court to order the Red Cross

from undertaking any "sale to the consuming public" of emergency

preparedness and related products, even on the Internet and through Red

Cross chapters and outlets. More amazing is the request that the court

order the Red Cross to surrender to J&J all of these preparedness products

"for destruction" by J&J.

19. To date, the Red Cross has generated about $2 million in funds for

the organization from the sale of these products in retail stores. In

contrast, J&J recently made $11 billion in profits in one year. This

lawsuit is not about any threat to J&J's retail business.

20. In short, this lawsuit is a direct attack on the American Red Cross

and its right to use the red cross emblem -- a right that was given by

Congress. Both the Red Cross and J&J have the legal right to use the

emblem as they deem necessary to fulfill their respective missions, for

the Red Cross to prepare the public for emergencies and disasters, and for

J&J to make money in the marketplace. There is no merit to any of the

legal claims asserted by J&J in this lawsuit. The Red Cross intends to

vigorously defend the suit. We will not let J&J take the Red Cross out of

the name American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. Last year, almost a million volunteers and 35,000 employees helped victims of almost 75,000 disasters; taught lifesaving skills to millions; and helped U.S. service members separated from their families stay connected. Almost 4 million people gave blood through the Red Cross, the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. The American Red Cross is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invest

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