PAWTUCKET, R.I., Oct 21, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) today filed suit in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island against David Chang of Saint Mary's, PA, manufacturer of the highly offensive "Ghettopoly" game.
"Hasbro will not tolerate Mr. Chang's unlawful use of its intellectual property to sell the reprehensible 'Ghettopoly' game," said Frank Bifulco, President of Hasbro's U.S. Games. "Mr. Chang has chosen to ignore our cease and desist demands, and therefore, we are taking the necessary legal action."
In the complaint Hasbro stated that Chang violated Hasbro's trademark rights and copyrights to the MONOPOLY game, which has been a Parker Brothers game since 1935. The complaint also cites unlawful acts which "have caused and continue to cause irreparable injury to the value and goodwill of the MONOPOLY(R) real estate trading game trademarks, as well as to Hasbro's business, goodwill and reputation."
Hasbro is a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment products and services, including the design, manufacture and marketing of games and toys ranging from traditional to high-tech. Both internationally and in the U.S., its PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, TIGER and WIZARDS OF THE COAST brands and products provide the highest quality and most recognizable play experiences in the world.
SOURCE: Hasbro, Inc.