At this point, we're actually tired of these Lacoste posts. I would rather write about new music, or post pictures, talk about brands and shops and other random cool things, but we keep receiving emails with demands from them. Yesterday, March 31st 2012, we received yet another email from the Lacoste's lawyers demanding that we stop having opinions about Lacoste and to stop repeating them. Basically they are violating our 1st amendment rights, and they want us to just walk it off. Quite frankly, we are upset! We once again explained that our opinion and belief towards Lacoste's overseas business practices were only brought up to explain the thought process of a hand drawn design, after we complied to their cease and desist order. It had nothing to do with Lacoste directly, but more so to do with big corporations in general using sweatshops, or the belief that that they have in the past. After we complied with ALL their demands, they refused to comply with our simple requests. We ask our readers to take all the evidence from our our last three blog postings to make your own desicion. Does Lacoste use swaetashops? We really don't know, but we believe that many companies do and we have a strong opinion about that. We requested that Lacoste show us some proof that they have never used sweatshops in the past, but the documentation has been denied to us. Here's what Lacoste's lawyers sent us yesterday. Our response follows.
-Dear Mr. Sagastume:
I have received your email of March 8, confirming that you have complied with our cease and desist letter. I wrote to you on February 29 because the phrase “just gonna lay low” can have more than one meaning. Thank you for clarifying your intent.
I note that you have not provided any evidence to support your claims that Lacoste sells “slave made tennis gear,” “us[es] sweatshops in countries like Guatemala and India,” “pay[s] some of these people 8 cents a day,” “hire[s] kids, some [of whom] are missing limbs from working in the famous brand's manufacturing facilities,” “rob[s] these sweatshop workers of a quality life,” and causes “limbs lost, [and] lives destroyed.” In addition, you appear to be misinformed as to the ownership of Lacoste. Lacoste is not, as you claim, owned by Pentland. Since you cannot support these claims, please do not repeat them.
Further, having made specific, defamatory allegations about Lacoste, and having not been able to back them up, you are in no position to ask our client to provide you with proof or documentation as to the working conditions under which its products are made, and our client has no obligation to provide you with any such material or information. I have explained Lacoste’s policy on working conditions, which is confirmed on its website. If you have any reason to dispute this, I once again invite you to provide evidence to support your claims.
Finally, with respect to your own products, you claim the hats you bought in LA are marked “Made in USA,” but the phrase “Made in USA” may refer only to the plastic closure at the back of the cap. As for hooded sweatshirts, you deny that you sell these, but they are clearly shown on your website, although they do not bear the headless alligator logo.
Accordingly, Lacoste reserves all of its rights and remedies should you engage in any infringing conduct in the future or repeat any of your false and defamatory statements.
Very truly yours,
Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
866 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017