29.4.04

Laundry Label Libel

Could a laundry label containing a defamatory statement be libellous? Seattle based bag maker Tom Bihn which manufactures 'bags for laptop computers and other stuff' has seen sales soar after word got out that the laundry labels on these products contained a hidden message.

As reported on Reuters the washing instructions on the labels are accompanied by the French text "nous sommes desoles que notre president soit un idiot. Nous n'avons pas vote pour lui" which means "we are sorry that our president is an idiot. We did not vote for him"

It's not clear whether this refers to George W. Bush or Jacques Chirac and to avoid any liability Tom Bihn claims to have no idea how this sentiment found its way onto the bag tags and suggests that it is probably a reference to him as president of his own company. Yes, we believe you Tom.

It's unlikely that the label sufficiently identifies either president to make it libellous but there would always be the fair comment defence.

MB has checked out the bags and they do look rather good:
Check them out HERE

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