Johnson & Johnson Sues American Red Cross

The symbol used on this WWII poster is the source of a lawsuit Johnson & Johnson has filed against that scourge of American life, the Empire of Evil, the great Red Menace. That’s right, folks: Johnson & Johnson is suing THE RED CROSS.

From The New York Times:

The red cross symbol is an icon of relief from disaster. For months, it has also been the subject of a festering disagreement between major American institutions: the health care company Johnson & Johnson and the American Red Cross.

The dispute over rights to the symbol erupted to the surface yesterday in federal court in Manhattan, where J.& J. sued the American Red Cross.

Clearly outraged, the president of the American Red Cross, Mark W. Everson, unleashed his vitriol last night on the company, which makes Band-Aids and Tylenol.

In a news release, Mr. Everson said the company’s actions were “obscene” and “simply so that J.& J. can make more money.”

In a telephone interview, he said, “I’m sort of staggered that they would take this approach.”

The two had shared the symbol amicably for more than 100 years — Johnson & Johnson on its commercial products and the American Red Cross as a symbol of its relief efforts on foreign battlefields and in disasters like floods and tornadoes.

Think about that amicable 100 years and the mind-boggling pettiness of Johnson & Johnson the next time you go to the drug store.

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