Has the American judicial system become a newfound form of revenue? For some people (or companies) it appears that their main revenue stream comes from legal battles or from out of court settlements. Think of it as modern day extortion that dates back long before the mafia. While there are times when filing a lawsuit is perfectly justified, it may be considered by some that certain legal actions may verge on the lines of extortion. It saddens me to know many passionate equipment manufacturers have little professional education in how to properly operate a business. Sherman, set the WayBack machine to...
Many years ago Bose Corporation claimed to own the decimal or some such! i kid you not! As i recall, audiophile loudspeaker manufacturer Thiel was asked by Bose to not name their products with a decimal and 2 (i.e. .2). It might appear that Bose felt that anything with .2 could be mistaken for their products. Speaking personally, there is no Thiel product that would be mistaken for those dreaded black cubes that produce, to my ears, reproduced music that leaves much to be desired. Recently Bose filed a lawsuit against the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) regarding the organization's "Electronic Lifestyles" trademarks. No worries as Bose lost that legal wrangling, but i digress.
Recently there have been two situations at the forefront in audiophile-land. It appears that Monster Cable Products is threatened by a used cloths store! This is not a joke, but harsh reality for a small business. Specifically, MonsterVintage.com sells vintage cloths such as concert t-shirts, Hawaiian dresses, antique signs... and has received what some may consider legal extortion from Monster Cable Corporation. (Said with deep sarcasm) This editor can understand how a consumer could mistake an audio/video cable or power filter from a Hawaiian shirt. In all seriousness, naturally one should protect their intellectual and graphical property. On more than one occasion Enjoy the Music.com has had to remind someone about the ownership of our content/photos.
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Now it would be less than thorough for me to write this article without giving more information. So those of you interested in who else Monster Cable Corporation is/has chosen to reach out to legally, please see the United States Patent and Trademark Office where it states Noel Lee's Monster Cable Corporation has also filed lawsuits against Metropolis Entertainment's Monsters Wanted, Hansen Beverage Company's M Monster Energy, Duane C. Blake's Monster Seats, Discovery Communication's TV show Monster Garage, Monster Tower, Bally Gaming International's Monster Slots, Simple Wishes' Monsters Of The Interstate, and Net2Way's Monster Baseball. It appears the online employment website Monster.com had a settlement as they only offer a link at the very bottom of their main page.
Hopefully you will take the time to e-mail email@example.com and let them know how you feel about the above situation. Have e-mailed Monster Cable Corporation to publish their comments. yet have not received anything at the time of this writing.
Glacier Versus Atma-Sphere's
Atma-Sphere Music Systems, Inc. announces a transition in this company's proud tradition of innovation and excellence. For some years, founder Ralph Karsten has been searching for an opportunity to disengage from the day-to-day management to pursue other interests and explore other ways to use his creative talents. After 25 years, Karsten is stepping down as CEO and has decided to sell his remaining interest to the existing management team and co-owners with whom he has had a relationship for a number of years.
Under the buyout agreement, Karsten will have a license to use Atma-Sphere's existing intellectual property to develop a line of preamps and amps under the "Karsten Signature" brand for distribution through Atma-Sphere. These offerings will be limited editions, hand-made exclusively by Mr. Karsten and will undoubtedly be highly regarded and coveted. Details will be forthcoming on Atma-Sphere's website (www.atma-sphere.com)...
There appears to be various accounts from a hostile takeover to Ralph simply wanting to step down as President of the company yet still be involved. It seems to basically boil down to Ralph desiring help on business matters (marketing, etc) and he looked for someone to assist in these duties. Eventually he sold a majority share in Atma-Sphere and as such lost control of the business he began in 1978. We all must understand that once someone owns a majority share in a company, they can conduct business as they see fit to a certain degree. This includes firing the person who originally created the business. It appears no one cried when Mr. Mark Levinson lost control of the company that to this day bears his name. And no one appears to be crying at the demise of Cello, another company Mr. Levinson began, sold a majority stake in, and went out of business only a short time later.
I was just informed that indeed Glacier Audio has filed a lawsuit against Ralph Karsten in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. Judge Michael J. Davis will be presiding with Chief Magistrate Judge Jonathan G. Lebedoff. The legal papers were filed on 10/19/04 at 10:36am and were given case number 0:04cv4528 titled Atma-Sphere Acquisition v Karsten and appears to be a contract dispute.
Some individuals who feel personally touched by Ralph's work have setup a legal fund for him. "While I have not really been talking about what is going on," says Ralph Karsten, "I am glad a legal fund is being setup for me. I have really learned some valuable lessons over this and have been humbled by the support from the marketplace. It is greatly appreciated."
Have sent an e-mail to Harry Blazer of Glacier Audio and his reply was "We should be making a public statement in the near future." Naturally we will amend this article as the news develops.