Now Sarah Palin is a private citizen, with no title. Can she do whatever she wants? Will the courts stop her?
Sarah Palin's One Nation bus has encountered a legal roadblock. It was one of the best weeks of her life, but her gaudy bus breached some trademark laws.
Sarah Palin's political action committee, SarahPAC, is using a trademarked name for her current bus tour, opening her up to major liabilities that could potentially cause her to lose her bus.
According to an article on the Huffington Post, at man called Kelly Eustis has trademarked the name One Nation.
This is part of a cease-and-desist letter Eustis sent to another group when they used his One Nation name:
"Your actions constitute trademark infringement and unfair competition under both state and federal law, including the Lanham Act (15 U.S.C. §§ 1051-1127). Remedies for such infringement can include payment of actual and treble damages, recovery of profits, reimbursement of attorney's fees, and may also include injunctions against your further use of the Infringing Trademark and the seizure of infringing materials."
Oops! It wouldn't have been too much trouble for a professional team to do a few checks before spending a barrel of money decorating the bus and launching Sarah Palin's campaign to educate Americans about the country's history. Our friend Becky Mansour seems to be under the bus already (no new tweets since May 17). I wonder who's next.
How can Sarah Palin qualify this tour as "one of the best weeks of my life" when her ten-year-old daughter appears to have had one of the most miserable weeks of her life? Oh, I forgot, a good mother always puts her own needs first.
"Thanks for ruining our vacation," Piper said to a Time photographer during the bus tour.
I hope Piper is having a better time since her mom's fantastic week.
This week promises to be a bit less enjoyable for Sarah Palin. Her e-mails are coming out later today, but we shouldn't get too excited until we see how much they've been redacted...
Here's a video about the e-mails: