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Fishs Eddy has come under fire with the authorities—specifically, the Port Authority. According to the New York Times, the agency has a serious problem with the iconic kitchenware store's goods that depict their properties, particularly the 212 New York Skyline and Bridge and Tunnel series with cartoon images of bridges, tunnels, and city landmarks.
"Your use of the Port Authority's assets on dinnerware and other items is of great concern to the Port Authority," a lawyer for the agency wrote on July 24th, positing that the store is "unfairly reaping a benefit" and is looking to "evoke thoughts of the Port Authority, the twin towers, W.T.C. and the September 11th terrorist attacks."
"If they hurt this pattern, they hurt us," co-owner Julie Gaines told the paper this week, citing the collections' popularity. "Are they going to stop everyone from using the trade center in the skyline?" she added. "If so, they better get going."
A Port Authority spokeswoman said that they have been in contact with others who they see as benefitting off of their trademark, but declined to give out names.
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