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Country: United States of America
State: AZ
Hiding behind many fake names, running a vanity awards scam. This involves sending spam to every business in the US to tell them they've won a fake award, and then asking them to pay $250 for a plaque. Have been at it since at least 2009.

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LEGAL: Stephens Media LLC vs US Commerce Association


Stephens Media sues over ‘Best of Las Vegas’ trademark

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009 | 2:05 a.m.

The owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal sued three companies this month, charging they’re infringing on its trademarked term “The Best of Las Vegas.”

The lawsuits say the “Best of Las Vegas” phrase covers the newspaper’s section featuring consumer preferences and recommendations regarding people, places, goods, services, restaurants, entertainment, arts, sports and recreation in the Las Vegas area.

The trademarks also cover the newspaper’s Web site and paper award certificates provided to Best of Las Vegas winners, the lawsuits say.

Suits were filed by Stephens Media LLC against:

• US Commerce Association (USCA), a company based in the Washington, D.C., area, and USCA official Kelly McCartney.

In its lawsuit against USCA and McCartney, Stephens complained the defendants have been selling “award” plaques and trophies to small businesses by sending the businesses e-mails saying the businesses have won a “Best of Las Vegas Award” from USCA.

Stephens alleges small businesses desiring their award must pay $80 for an award plaque or $180 for a trophy, and the companies can publish press releases announcing they are winners of USCA awards.

“USCA is not actually a legitimate business or commerce association, but is merely a scheme directed and effectuated by McCartney to sell ‘award’ plaques and trophies to unsuspecting small businesses,” Stephens’ lawsuit charges.

Stephens’ lawsuit says USCA’s use of the “Best of Las Vegas” phrase “has damaged and will continue to damage the reputation and goodwill of Stephens.”

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