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Cuomo's Administration Slams Kardashian for Shirt Design Too Similar to New York State Department of Agriculture Trademark

Written by Joe Randazzo  |  20. May 2013

Governor Cuomo’s administration is angry. Not at the usual suspects like gun lobbyists, those opposing gay marriage, or owners of homeless shelters, like Carl Siciliano, who criticized him for cutting $4 million worth of funding for programs that supported homeless  teens in 2011. The administration is angry with reality star Khloe Kardashian and two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom.

The two have a clothing line with a logo at the center that resembles the one used by the Department of Agriculture called the Pride of New York. The Daily News reports that Cuomo's administration wants them to change the emblem for similarities between the logos or else they’ll file a lawsuit. Khloe Kardashian and the Los Angeles Clipper sell the shirts for $35.

The Department of Agriculture logo and the one used by the couple both have the Statue of Liberty encased in a circle. Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom’s logo is black while the Agriculture logo is green. Another difference is the Agriculture’s logo says Pride of New York and has a farm while the other replaces the farm with a bugle and in big text says “Rich Soil.” Governor Cuomo’s administration will follow through on the suit if Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom don’t answer within five days.

These aren’t the only legal rumblings happening in his Administration. Assemblymen Sheldon Silver refuses to step down after he and his aides agreed to a secret settlement worth $103,000 of tax-payers money. The money went to two women harassed by another New York State Assemblyman, Vito Lopez. Lopez stepped down effective 9 A.M. Monday morning but will still collect an annual pension of $64,634.28.

Sheldon Silver’s mishandling of the situation wasn’t just that he paid off the women with tax payer money. Any complaints brought against a New York State Assemblymen are to be brought to the Chamber’s ethics committee and Silver never did for fear of the situation going public.

[Source: Daily News, New York Times]

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