Thursday, December 18, 2008

Not Again

It seems KU has again filed suit against Joe-College owner, Larry Sinks. I will never deny the good Lew Perkins has done for the University and I'll forever be grateful. But the ticket thing is getting out of hand. And these trivial lawsuits aimed at an independent entrepreneur are getting out of hand. Larry Sinks might be your typical asshole (or so I've heard) and he may even be in the wrong by some accounts of the law. But even if that's the case, isn't this just bringing bad publicity to the University and costing as much or more than they can expect to be paid anyway? I guess I just see no upside for KU in this - win or lose. Your thoughts?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree.

I have also heard that Larry Sinks is one of the biggest d-bags on the planet.

Hiphopopotamus said...

I'm sure he is. But public perception will always see the big bad University picking on the poor little independent businessman. And even if they do get him to stop and/or pay them money, it will amount to almost nothing for the University. It seems blatantly obvious that they just have a vendetta against this guy to put him out of business.

Robo Boogie said...

Yeah from reading it I can see how it might be confusing which shirts were allowed and which were not. However I would think the burden would be on him to make sure before he reposted them. That said none of this matters in the court of public opinion where this will play out. It really does feel like a childish vendetta and I am sure some of Sinks comments about Lew have something to do with it no matter how silly it sounds. Not only are they going after him but they are going for "coercive sanctions" which seems a bit over the top. Also is there not a lawyer in Kansas who might be able to represent the school, perhaps a grad in KC? That seems about as silly. No way to win on this one. I also find it a bit preposterous the university thinks that the word Kansas is theirs.

Big Head said...

We had a similar thing happen with mizzoutigers.com (I think is the site). The University basically shit themselves in a PR move by bullying the domain owner, a Mizzou alum/fan.