Dec 8 - Swisher Cigar Maker Sues Rapper For Use Of Name & Logo

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 12-08-2008, 06:54 AM         #1
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Dec 8 - Swisher Cigar Maker Sues Rapper For Use Of Name & Logo
 

 

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A Georgia rapper who went by the name Mista Swissher Sweet has to drop his name, after the cigar maker Swisher International sued him for trademark infringement.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the rapper (real name: Jontae Green), who hails from Austell, used the brand's name and logos on his website, and on his album's coverart for his iTunes single "Jump Around."

In the lawsuit, which was filed last week in federal court, Swisher International said the filed the court papers to protect their brand.

26-year-old Green said he came up with the name because it was his choice of cigar, and had no intentions of trying to sabotage their brand or name. He did say he will cease the use of their logo, and chance him name.

"It ain't no big deal," the rapper told the paper. "The streets already know me as Swissher. I can just put my face on a CD cover and they know who it is."

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 9 years ago '05        #2
DaSmoothiest 
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Damn, they need to be happy someone is putting there name out there.
 12-08-2008, 07:41 AM         #3
massou_1  OP
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Here's the rest of the story...

The cigar company's attorney, Lloyd Farr, says they are happy the rapper isn't being a problem. However, they still have to work out the legal ramifications for use of their trademark though.

"Certainly we're happy that he's pulling down the website and changing his name," Farr told the Journal-Constitution.

Swisher are seeking damages of more than $100,000, and profits Green made by use of their logo.

Despite the suit, Green would like to work with Swisher to help promote their product through a possible endorsement deal. However, he said if they want his domain, swissher.com, they need to cough up $22,000.

As far as the $100,000 Swisher is seeking, Green says he doesn't have that kind of money.
 12-08-2008, 08:10 AM         #4
mixtape mutt  OP
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Swisher makes horrible blunts...they ain't got sh*t on Dutches, Phillies n White Owls.
 12-08-2008, 08:19 AM         #5
GOD999  OP
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 SmokeyTheBlunt said:
if it wasnt for rap and weed, nobody would know what the fu*k a Swisher Sweet was........
Real talk
 12-08-2008, 08:26 AM         #6
t-man20001  OP
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 mixtape mutt said:
Swisher makes horrible blunts...they ain't got sh*t on Dutches, Phillies n White Owls.
Ill take one of those grape swishers in the tube any day.
 9 years ago '04        #7
bout2getuwetma 
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swisher sweet buggin.....they need to b happy he puttin they name out there...free promo...and besides....swisher sweets aint all that...ther just skinny phillies which also suck...im a simple man...gimmie a vanilla dutch anyday......so i guess im MC Van Dutch (vanilla dutch)...wait...is that how Von Dutch got its name? alot of copyright infringment going on off of cigars...too much weed in america.....lol
 9 years ago '05        #8
P DRILLA 106 heat pts106
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swishers = brown paper bags
 9 years ago '04        #9
TheMagicMan|M 2 heat pts
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As far as the $100,000 Swisher is seeking, Green says he doesn't have that kind of money.
And that pretty much sums THIS up
 12-08-2008, 09:03 AM         #10
StatisticZ  OP
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 mixtape mutt said:
Swisher makes horrible blunts...they ain't got sh*t on Dutches, Phillies n White Owls.
Woah, woah woah!! Why do people who can't roll Swisher's always bash them?

Dutchmaster > Swisher > White Owl > Phillies..
 9 years ago '04        #11
minimeblunts 
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 mixtape mutt said:
Swisher makes horrible blunts...they ain't got sh*t on Dutches, Phillies n White Owls.
:applause::applause::applause:
 9 years ago '07        #12
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The blunt argument is kinda funny. They all have that paper under the tobacco and will never compare to a cone rolled with hemp papers. I personally prefer "Sweets" cuz that is all that was available in my teens and early twenty's in the south. You could find them at any store but had to look for Phillies or Garcia y Vega Grenadiers (the green leafs), which nobody even mentioned.
 12-08-2008, 09:42 AM         #13
FuhhhQ  OP
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 mixtape mutt said:
Swisher makes horrible blunts...they ain't got sh*t on Dutches, Phillies n White Owls.

Mannn they must stock yalls gars more then ours. Ive never bought a white owl that didnt fall the hell apart when i went to break it down. I think ive MAYBE bought one fresh philly my whole life. Never tried a dutch, but anytime I buy a swisha... its fresh.
 9 years ago '05        #14
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hope they dont come after me
 9 years ago '04        #15
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From his site:
If you were looking for Mista Swissher Sweet, New Site Coming Soon! The cigar company want me
to change my domain name because its so close to their site name. The cigar company act like they dont know
that over 85% of Blacks is smoking their cigars, making them a regular high sellers. When i promote my music, I
dont use the cigar company's Help to promote myself, Mista Swissher Sweet was just a damn name I chose to use
because my brother DIED from smoking swisher cigars so i named myself swissher. swisher international want me
to change my name. if any thing the company should be giving me an endorsement deal because when people
think of me, listen to my hits, or attend my shows, they think about the swisher blunt. swisher international think of
rich or something, they think they going to bring another black man down. well they better think again. ON
PAPER, IM GOING TO CHANGE MY NAME, BUT WHEN YOU SEE ME IN THE STREETS, REMAIN CALLING ME
MISTA SWISSHER SWEET, SWISSHER, AND WHATEVER YOU LIKE! Hate swisher international! Swisher
international makes a fu*king cigar, which leads to lung cancer, throat cancer, DEALTH. I make music that eases
your mind, smoothing out your day, and get you krunk!

My New name is open for suggestions....I will keep you all posted.
I am selling my domain name.
. Price $22,000.

Hit me at 404-396-3103
When i promote my music, I dont use the cigar company's Help to promote myself, Mista Swissher Sweet was just a damn name I chose to use because my brother DIED from smoking swisher cigars so i named myself swissher.
Sorry, but why, if your Brother died from smoking that sh*t, would you name yourself that? Makes no sense.

ON PAPER, IM GOING TO CHANGE MY NAME, BUT WHEN YOU SEE ME IN THE STREETS, REMAIN CALLING ME MISTA SWISSHER SWEET, SWISSHER, AND WHATEVER YOU LIKE!
Why? If you'll have a different name soon?

Swisher international makes a fu*king cigar, which leads to lung cancer, throat cancer, DEALTH.
Funny, I thought it lead to death.

My New name is open for suggestions....I will keep you all posted.
Why? Can't you EVER come up with something original?

I am selling my domain name. . Price $22,000.
So anyone who pays $22,000 will then get sued aswell if they try to call themselves/their company Swissher? Awesome, I'll hand that $22k over then.

Never heard of this dude before, but he sounds like a straight up retard.
 12-08-2008, 10:30 AM         #16
ThaGh0st415  OP
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 SmokeyTheBlunt said:
if it wasnt for rap and weed, nobody would know what the fu*k a Swisher Sweet was........

:cool-smiley-009:
 12-08-2008, 10:45 AM         #17
mixtape mutt  OP
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 FuhhhQ said:
Mannn they must stock yalls gars more then ours. Ive never bought a white owl that didnt fall the hell apart when i went to break it down. I think ive MAYBE bought one fresh philly my whole life. Never tried a dutch, but anytime I buy a swisha... its fresh.
Depends where you at I guess. Over here it depends what bodega you hit up, some them are infamous for having stale blunts. The spots that I hit up always got the fresh Phillies, White Owls, Dutches, and the fat Garcia Vegas..I love me a Vega. I know BK heads fu*k with Backwoods...but I can't stand them sh*ts.
 9 years ago '04        #18
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man i used to love me a dutch...they dont have them around here since I moved to Arizona. All i see are white owls and swishers now. Copped some swishers and them bi*ches were stale as f*ck
 9 years ago '08        #19
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dang that was crazy to sue somebody over
 12-08-2008, 11:58 AM         #20
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 TheMagicMan said:
And that pretty much sums THIS up
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