A federal judge issued a temporary ban last week on a state senator's campaign materials that chocolate-maker Hershey says infringe on its copyright — and ordered the design be stripped from the Internet and roadsides by Tuesday.
The company sued the Eastern Shore's Sen. Stephen S. Hershey, Jr., whose brown signs with white block lettering dotted his district during primary season, saying the case was just the latest in a series of fights between the two dating back to 2002.
The senator's lawyers argued that the case was pointless.
"The Hershey Company contends that voters and consumers will be confused by Senator Hershey's campaign signs," the attorneys wrote. "This contention borders on absurdity. No one is confused. Consumers and voters alike know the difference between a state senate campaign and a chocolate bar."
But U.S. District Judge William D. Quarles sided with the chocolate company.