Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Maine dairy sued over use of kosher symbol 

A Jewish organization has sued a Maine-based
organic dairy for alleged unauthorized use of the group's symbol that
certifies that its milk is kosher.

The Union
of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America is asking a judge to order
Maine's Own Organic Milk Co. to stop using the symbol and is seeking
monetary damages.

The Orthodox Union claims the dairy has
infringed on its trademark — the letter "U'' in a circle — that
signifies a food has been prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary

The lawsuit was filed last week in federal court in Massachusetts.

Dairy Executive Director William Eldridge tells the Bangor Daily News he
hopes to resolve the issue out of court. He acknowledges the
Augusta-based dairy uses the symbol without having paid annual fees.


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