Litigation and Big Tobacco
When the major tobacco companies were being investigated and sued for millions of deaths and injuries, their biggest refrain was “too much litigation,” “too many lawyers,” “too many lawsuits.” Now it seems some of these Big Tobacco executives have changed their minds, and they’ve decided that lawsuits are kinda fun.
A virtually unknown cigarette manufacturer in rural Washington is being sued by Marlboro. Supposedly their cigarette pack looks too much like the Marlboro pack, and Marlboro is suing for trademark infringement.
Who is this big threat to Marlboro? His name is Delbert Wheeler, Sr. He owns a small logging company and lives on the Yakama reservation in central Washington. Last year Wheeler
So, one of the wealthiest corporations in the world is suing an individual Native American who’s trying to supplement his income with a small business. Sort of like Goliath hitting David with a slingshot.