How The Lawyers Stole Christmas

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How The Lawyers Stole Christmas

Tue Nov 25, 2008 @ 09:39PM PST

By Eriq Gardner

Grinch_santa The city of Louisville planned to take "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" as inspiration for its holiday season celebration, dressing up the town in costumed characters from various Dr. Seuss classics.

But one suit, two suit, blue suit, lawsuit. Lawyers at DLA Piper, representing Dr. Seuss Enterprises, quickly fired off cease-and-desist letters to the city, helpfully noting these Seuss icons are protected intellectual property.

Christmas hasn't been cancelled in Louisville. But the city has changed the display on the decorations from ""LouWhoVille," to "Lou-ville," presumably to avoid being "Sued-ville."

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