Today, U.S. district Judge Denny Chin rejected Fox News’ lawsuit against Al Franken, for mocking their tagline “Fair and Balanced” on the cover of his book. Some of Chin’s quotes on his ruling include:
“There are hard cases and there are easy cases. This is an easy case. This case is wholly without merit, both factually and legally.”
“It is ironic that a media company, which should be protecting the First Amendment, is seeking to undermine it,”
The Judge also noted that the ‘Fair and Balanced’ trademark itself was “unlikely a valid trademark. The mark is a weak one as trademarks go.”
The publisher moved up the sale date of the book to yesterday, so as to coincide with the publicity that this case has generated. Last I checked, this book was #1 on Amazon.com.