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
|SOURCE American Red Cross|
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