Canadian Couch Potato Threatened By Legal Action

[Note: This post was an April Fool’s joke!]

I regret to announce that this blog is in jeopardy of being shut down due to pending legal action.

On the afternoon of Friday, March 29, I received a letter from the law firm of Zuckercorn & Loblaw, LLP. The attorneys informed me that the name “Canadian Couch Potato” is owned by an Ontario corporation that is threatening to sue for trademark infringement. According to the letter: “You can avoid legal action by immediately ceasing and desisting from any and all infringing activity including use of the canadiancouchpotato.com domain.”

The letter gives me seven (7) days to decide on a course of action, and I am currently seeking counsel from my own attorney before determining how to proceed. Rest assured I will not give in unless I have no other choice.

You can read the full text of the cease-and-desist letter by clicking the image below.

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36 Responses to Canadian Couch Potato Threatened By Legal Action

  1. J A H April 1, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    You had me going until I got to the list of occurences. Well done.

  2. William Hendrikssen April 1, 2013 at 7:22 am #

    Weren’t the principals of this law firm characters on “Arrested Development” ?

  3. Avrex April 1, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Hahaha. Bluth County.
    Go to hell, Zuckerkorn. Passive investing will live on.

  4. CJ April 1, 2013 at 7:55 am #

    OK – you got me. Nicely done. XD

  5. Aethelstane April 1, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Now that is a surprising turn of events that is best countered by a strategy of vigorous dozing and power napping.

    Good one! 🙂

  6. Patrick Doyle April 1, 2013 at 8:18 am #

    Joanie loves Loblaw!

  7. Michael James April 1, 2013 at 8:42 am #

    “Idle Much More” – great stuff!

  8. Edwin April 1, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    I actually fell for this this morning, but only realized otherwise coming back to read this on my desktop hours later. Well played Dan!

  9. Ken April 1, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Good one, Dan, but it is Apr 1 🙂 I am amazed some people forgot that…

  10. Slacker April 1, 2013 at 9:06 am #

    Argh !!! You got me again !!

  11. RobbieD April 1, 2013 at 9:09 am #

    Well done!

  12. John D April 1, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Good one. Had me for a bit 🙂

  13. Noel April 1, 2013 at 9:27 am #

    Dan

    This is no time to be passive. It’ll be a bit of a gambit, but I think you need to get off your couch and launch a derivative action (wait, the government just stopped that in their recent budget). Anyway, I think they’re just trying to stir the pot with the result being it’s just going to be a mish-mash. Eventually they’ll likely just sit back and look at their index finger and realize that doing nothing is the best strategy.

    Anyway, I think most of us will track this story quite closely.

    Regards,

    Noel

  14. Ron April 1, 2013 at 9:52 am #

    I think I will be taking a closer look at DIY couch poato investing, as I received notice today that my favorite fund firm, Steadyhand, has been bought out by the banks. They also mentioned that their ‘fee rebate’ program will be under review. Sigh.

  15. Adam April 1, 2013 at 9:58 am #

    Hilarious. 🙂

  16. Mark April 1, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    Damn, fell for it hook, line..

  17. Alan April 1, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    Good one 🙂 Love it !

  18. Lauren April 1, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Nice one! I was suspicious at “Idle Much More”.

  19. Regent Lapointe April 1, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    I bought a couch from them last month to replace my bed (having moved into a small apartment) and since that time I cannot sleep anymore. There is something in the material used to make that couch that activates my skin and makes me turn from side to side all night long.

    I think I will sue them for false advertising!

  20. NRD April 1, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Dan, how could you let us down so! Acting all ethical but all the time stealing the trademark of a family business in small town Ontario. I’m selling my entire ETF portfolio. I’m going long on office couches and easy chairs.

  21. Bernie April 1, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Good one 🙂 You totally got me! I was upset and thinking of possible changes to your blog name until I opened the comments section and realized I’ve been had…lol

    Bob Loblaw, really…blah blah blah

  22. My Own Advisor April 1, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Bob Loblaw? Another fan of Arrested Development I see 🙂

    Great stuff Dan.

    Almost as good as Google Nose today.
    http://www.google.com/intl/en/landing/nose/

    Hope you had a great Easter weekend,
    Mark

  23. Joe K April 1, 2013 at 11:46 am #

    Very funny!! If I hadn’t read the letter I would have believe you.

  24. Liquid April 1, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Very clever good sir :0) The names are funny. Barry Zuckercorn lol. There’s no shortage of interesting things to read on the internet on Apr 1st 😉

  25. Profiteer April 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    LOL! I forgot today’s date!

  26. Andrew F April 1, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Change the name to the Bob Loblaw Law Blog…

  27. Brian April 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm #

    Very funny Dan!

  28. Dave "This spud's no dud!" April 1, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    My sincere sympathies, CCP, on your legal difficulies. Sounds like you need some legal advice.

    Surely you could modify you name slightly and register it to make it legal? It’s not your fault that they don’t call themselves CCP Furniture Distributors, but just simply CCP Distributors!

    Have a contest if you like, but I’d suggest CCP Index Investing (Advice/News/Research, etc.); CCP Passive Investing (Advice), CCP Investment Blog, etc. Search & register a business name here: http://www.ontario.ca/serviceontario

    Then I’d buy two German footstools from these folks and call one US$ and the other CDN$ and switch between the two depending on prevailing exchange rates for the day.

  29. Dave "This spud's no dud!" April 1, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    oops, fell for it…

  30. Death and Taxes April 1, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    Bwa ha ha!! That’s awesome!!

  31. Pacific April 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    I can not belive I fell for this!
    And now I have to change back to believing what you say is the truth!
    Laughing all the way…. ha ha hah.

  32. fries please April 2, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    I love it! April Fool i am.

  33. Galactus April 2, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    totally fell for it :P, damn

  34. Rob April 2, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    For defence counsel, might I suggest …. “Dewey, Chetham & Howe”

  35. john April 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    I was falling for it until I saw Bob Loblaw. Oh wait, that was at the very end of the letter, lol. I should have known before !!!!

  36. eyeguy99 April 5, 2013 at 7:30 am #

    As they say…”there’s a sucker born every minute”!!!

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