The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent me their annual press release, railing on what it considers too many frivolous lawsuits, with the headline “U.S. Chamber to Release List of Worst State Lawsuit Climates.”
Maybe they should be called the Chamber of Irony. Put it this way: the Chamber has a lot of first hand experience with frivolous lawsuits — filing them, that is.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Davis Wright & Tremaine are currently defending political pranksters the Yes Men against a questionable lawsuit filed by the Chamber over a mock press conference and web site.
In October, the Yes Men staged a press conference announcing that the Chamber was reversing its position on climate change and would stop lobbying against climate change bills. Watch it below and see the real Chamber of Commerce dude come in and interrupt the spoof and be forced to answer questions about climate change. The Yes men also had a fake web site.
The real Chamber got the web site shut down and then filed a lawsuit in federal court, alleging trademark infringement and, we imagine, hurt feelings.