40 Billion Dollar Class-Action Suit Against Anti-War T-shirt Maker

May 1st, 2008 | by Sqotty |

FoxNews is reporting that there is a suit seeking class-action status against carryabigsticker.com, the Arizona T-shirt company that has produced and sells a T-shirt listing all of the U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.

From FoxNews:

A Tennessee couple who lost their son in Iraq want an Arizona merchant to pay more than $40 billion in damages to survivors of soldiers whose names are on the anti-war shirts he is selling online.

A complaint seeking class-action status for the lawsuit by Robin and Michael Read says Dan Frazier of Flagstaff has no right to profit from commercial sale of products that use the dead soldiers’ names without permission.

The change, requested Tuesday in federal court in Tennessee, would cover the heirs of all U.S. service members killed in the Middle East since Sept. 11, 2001, and seek $4 billion in compensatory damages and $36.5 billion of punitive damages.

I am sure as this guy expands the list of casualties on the T-shirt design, the number of plaintiffs in the class-action suit will expand. $40 Billion is a lot of money to have to cough up, and I hope that the families of these fine, brave soldiers who lost their lives in Iraq win their suit.

Here are some images from carryabigsticker.com of the T-shirt in question:

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Here is what Frazier’s attorney has to say about the suit.

“We think it will be clear that this is political expression and not done for profit,” said Lee Phillips, Frazier’s attorney.

Here’s the problem: the web site states that $1 from the sale of each T-shirt is donated to organizations that support the families of the fallen and has donated, they claim, nearly $4,000. The attorney claims, flasely, that these T-shirts are not being sold for profit, yet $1 off of a $22 price tag leaves a lot of room for profit. As an example, this same T-shirt, produced on demand via a site like cafepress is $18.99 (currently). Do the math. This guy is producing them in volume, which means his cost would be substantially lower than that, leaving even more room for profit. What this means is that he in fact is making a profit on the sales of these T-shirts, which is not what his attorney is claiming.

What the plaintiff’s attorney needs to do, and I am sure he will, is get a hold of the books and find out what the cost actually is for the T-shirts, find out how many have been sold, how much money has been donated to which orgnaizations. I’d really like to know what non-profit organizations have received money from this guy, and how they feel about the source of the money. Or if they even know.

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