Who says our legal system doesn't work?

In case anyone hadn't heard, Fox had filed a lawsuit against Al Franken and his publisher for using "fair and balanced" in his book's subtitle (Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right). Why would that be a problem? Fox owns a trademark on the phrase. It got tossed out by the judge, who stated the case was "wholly without merit, both factually and legally." Ever since I heard about the case, I wondered why Fox would bother. All they are doing is bringing publicity to the book (even Rush Limbaugh was smart enough to not do that!), but a column in the New Yorker suggests that it was a result of trying to keep Bill O'Reilly happy. After his temper tantrum at the BookExpo in May, I wouldn't be surprised. Check out the video of the panel with Franken and O'Reilly if you've got some time to kill.

In response to all of this, Franken was quoted as saying "A few months ago, I trademarked the word 'funny.' So when Fox calls me 'unfunny,' they're violating my trademark. I am seriously considering a countersuit." I love that guy.

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