5 things to know: Girl Scouts vs. Boy Scouts lawsuit


5 things to know: Girl Scouts vs. Boy Scouts lawsuit

Thousands of younger girls have already joined the cub scouts, and the BSA will also be accepting older girls in 2019.

WASHINGTON — The Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the United States of America are about to throw down.

Here’s why: The Boy Scouts is going to drop the word ‘boy’ from its name in by February 2019 and is now allowing girls to join.

That fact has the Girl Scouts organization miffed and fighting back with a lawsuit.

5 things to know: Girl Scouts vs. Boy Scouts lawsuit

#1 The Lawsuit

The GSUSA filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America on November 6, 2018.

RELATED: With girls joining the ranks, Boy Scouts plan a name change

#2 The Allegations

The GSUSA allege the BSA is infringing on its trademark, making unfair competition, and causing a lot of confusion.

#3 How did we get here?

The Boy Scouts plans to drop the ‘boy’ from it’s name next year to attract more girls to it’s now “all-inclusive” program.

It will now be called Scouts BSA.

#4 BSA’s advertisements are reportedly confusing some people.

The Girl Scouts said BSA’s new name and the way the group is advertising is a problem.

The GSUSA said the Boy Scouts do not have a monopoly over words like “scout” or “scouting” and that advertisements have sparked confusion.

In the complaint, the Girl Scouts said the alleged trademark infringement leads some people to think the groups merged or that the Girl Scouts does not exist anymore.

#5 The lawsuit seeks an injunction against trademark violations and compensation.

Thousands of younger girls have already joined the cub scouts, and the BSA will also be accepting older girls in 2019.

This case is under litigation, and both sides are expected to meet with a judge in January.

BSA Membership Tumbled Amid Scandals and Decision to Allow Girls — Now They’re on the Brink of Bankruptcy


BSA Membership Tumbled Amid Scandals and Decision to Allow Girls — Now They’re on the Brink of Bankruptcy

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Boy Scouts of America (BSA) decided to allow girls into their program after their membership began falling, but the numbers continued to tumble thereafter, leaving the organization facing potential bankruptcy.

BSA’s program, for 11 to 17-year-olds, planned to change the name to Scouts BSA, with members referring to themselves as “scouts,” rather than “boy” or “girl” — they were also looking to allow older girls to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.

The announcement was met with a lot of criticism, especially when it came to their sister organization, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA). GSUSA’s Chief Customer Lisa Margosian previously said they were “disappointed” in BSA’s handling of the situation.

When announcing the change in 2017, the BSA said in a statement the “historic decision” was made after receiving many requests from families and girls interested in the program.

Consideration of declaring bankruptcy

BSA’s move toward allowing girls and transgender boys into their programs lead to a continual downfall in membership in recent years and now the organization is facing bankruptcy, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Filing for bankruptcy comes amidst legal costs in the organization’s handling of sexual abuse allegations.

In a BSA statement released on Wednesday, Chief Scout Executive Michael B. Surbaugh said they are working to “explore all options available to ensure that the local and national programming of the Boy Scout of America continues uninterrupted.”

After their decision to open the doors in their program to other genders and change the name, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — which was one of the organization’s largest sponsors — cut their ties to the BSA after a relationship of over 100 years.

In November, the GSUSA filed a trademark lawsuit against BSA for dropping the word “boy” from their flagship program, claiming it caused confusion among the public and creating complications as “parents interested in signing up for Girl Scouts programs have instead mistakenly signed up for the new girls’ programs offered by BSA,” NBC News reported.

The organization has hired Sidley Austin LLP law firm as they look to possibly file for chapter 11 bankruptcy, WSJ reported.

The BSA’s future depends partly on the “outcome of sex-abuse-related litigation and future damages awarded,” according to WSJ.

Surbaugh said in the statement that “at no time in our history have we knowingly allowed a sexual predator to work with youth” and that they act quickly to address those issues related to abuse allegations.

According to WSJ, BSA leaders commented saying the latest lawsuit could cause BSA “to pay damages out of its own funds to the extent the claims are not covered by insurance or if the insurance carriers are unable or unwilling to honor the claims.”

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The hefty costs due to sexual abuse allegations and the organization’s downfall in membership could lead the 108-year-old nonprofit to declare bankruptcy.

“Woke” Goes Broke: Boy Scouts Filing for Bankruptcy


“Woke” Goes Broke: Boy Scouts Filing for Bankruptcy

The once proud organization known as the Boy Scouts is declaring bankruptcy after severely flagging numbers due to a myriad of problems, including implementing social justice measures to make it more inclusive.

According to the Daily Caller, the Boy Scouts changed its name to Scouts BSA and began to allow girls into their ranks. Before that, the Boy Scouts ruled that openly gay scouts and scout leaders could also join the program. This lead to a serious decline in membership and now the organization is filing Chapter 11:

The Wednesday report comes in the wake of sinking membership and multiple controversies surrounding the 108-year-old organization, including sex abuse allegationsand its controversial decision to change its program name from Boy Scouts to Scouts BSA and allow girls into that program.

Chicago law firm Sidley Austin has reportedly been hired to assist in what would be a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

As the organization has made decisions deemed to be more inclusive, such as allowing openly gay scouts in 2013 and scoutmasters in 2015 as well as the 2018 decision to allow girls, membership has continued to decline sharply, from over 4 million members at its peakto a claimed 2.3 million members at present.

It’s only going to get worse as well. The Mormon Church has announced that it’s discontinuing its partnership with the Boy Scouts and will be starting up its own boy’s program in 2020, according to the Daily Caller. When that happens, the Scouts will lose a third of its membership.

Combined with the fact that it kept sexual abuse allegations secret for decades, the Scouts seems to have rotted from the inside.

Whether the Scouts would have survived in this modern age without any of these events happening is still up for debate, but it definitely didn’t help it. Boys clubs are becoming few and far between with each of them coming under attack for not being inclusive to girls or members of the LGBT community.

Boys are increasingly encouraged to be safer and more accepting of things that run against their nature. This is more dangerous than our society as a whole can realize yet, as boys need to be able to be boys. However, in this day and age, the very nature of boys is often the subject of ridicule and even labeled as a societal evil.

It’s my honest hope that the Scouts survive, but I can only see it doing so by making itself return to its original principles. The chances of that happening, however, are slim to none.

Battle of the Sexes: Girl Scouts Sues Boy Scouts for Trademark Infringement


Read the link for lots of interesting details on how the B.S.A. Inc screwed up.

Battle of the Sexes: Girl Scouts Sues Boy Scouts for Trademark Infringement

Posted on Dec 6, 2018

Caesar Revive, Intellectual Property Law

Since their respective beginnings, the Boy Scouts (of America) limited their membership to boys and the Girl Scouts (of the United States of America) limited their membership to girls. But, in a significant switch, the Boy Scouts recently announced they will now be accepting girls into their ranks. All would be well and good, except for the fact that this transition resulted in a lawsuit for trademark infringement.

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(so as not to offend intellectual property rights!)

Other causes of action include common law trademark infringement, trademark dilution (basically an erosion of the Girl Scout’s current trademarks) and tortious interference.

. . . On the other hand, Boy Scouts has an obligation to control actions (of their volunteers) that incur legal liability and bears a responsibility for infractions thereof. With millions of volunteers all over the country, insisting that the rights of the Girl Scouts be respected is no small task, yet if the Boy Scouts cannot do so then an appropriate remedy might be to deny them a right to use the Scouts mark without a gender specific prefix.

The Boy Scouts have not yet filed a response to the complaint . . .

Or, perhaps the two parties will find a way to settle their differences. The Boy Scout law requires that a Boy Scout “Obey the laws of country.” The Girl Scout law requires that a Girl Scout “use resources wisely.” Now would be a good time for both parties to follow their laws by sitting down together and reaching a fair and amicable resolution.

By Lawrence E. Ashery

Published December 4, 2018 issue of the Legal Intelligencer.

Be Prepared – vintage meme by an unknown shitlord


This poster by an unknown shitlord was ahead of its time. In 1969, the Sexual Revolution was in, ummm, full swing.

But BSA Corp’s stupid Improved Scouting Program, intended to sex-integrate boy scouting along with sexually liberated Europe, wouldn’t be foisted on America’s boys for another three years.

Girl Scouts sued the poster’s publisher to make them destroy it and pay a million bucks for pin money.

The judge was an admitted aficionado of girl scout cookies.

They lost anyway.

Read more about “Girls Scouts of USA v. Personality Posters Mfg Co by clicking here.

Kek.

 

 

Lawsuit Against Boy Scouts Details ‘Perversion Files’


Yes, adding tens of thousands of junior feminist GoGrrlz and tomboys — and their Second Wave feminist “PhD moms” with a Social Justice chip on their pocket flap — is the smart thing for BSA Corp. to do in the age of “Pound MeToo.”

It will definitively end the sexual abuse of young boys in the Boy Scouts.

Yep.

Definitively.

Photo:  Scouts hiking Ohio’s Cuyahoga Trail in 1975, via the National Archives and Records Administration.

https://www.courthousenews.com/lawsuit-against-boy-scouts-details-perversion-files/

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (CN) – Claiming the youth organization was infiltrated by pedophiles, an Arkansas man filed a lawsuit saying the Boy Scouts allowed a scout leader accused of sexually assaulting boys in Georgia to relocate and abuse him several years later.

“Since its inception, [the Boy Scouts of America] aggressively marketed the wholesomeness and safety of its programs to the American public,” the complaint states.  “Simultaneously, BSA concealed from scouts and their parents BSA’s certain knowledge that pedophiles had been infiltrating BSA in large numbers for many years.”The complaint, filed Wednesday in Pulaski County Circuit Court, claims the way the Boy Scouts tried to identify sexual abusers within its organization by keeping allegations a secret and discouraging police involvement led to Samuel Otts abusing William Stevens eight times in 1979 and 1980.

Otts helped lead a troop of scouts that met at the Salvation Army in Hot Springs, Arkansas, when Stevens was in his preteens, according to the lawsuit filed by lead attorney Joshua Gillespie of Green & Gillespie.

The suit seeks compensatory damages from the Boy Scouts of America and the Quapaw Area Council for claims of negligence and fraud.

While the statute of limitations has typically long passed for those types of claims, Gillispie wrote in the complaint that the Boy Scouts fraudulently concealed their actions from Stevens.

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Boy Skirts of America: Century-old youth club caves to PC police // RT.com


https://www.rt.com/op-ed/425901-boy-scouts-america-girls/

Boy Skirts of America: Century-old youth club caves to PC police
The oldest youth group in the US has undergone a ‘sex-change’ operation of sorts by declaring itself a ‘gender neutral’ outfit. Such a move does a considerable disservice to both American men and women.

Founded in 1910 by the American media magnate and explorer William D. Boyce, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) provided a rite of passage to adulthood for over 100 million young men throughout its history.

According to biographer Janice Petterchak, Boyce structured his organization around particular ‘character-building’ attributes – like civic duty, patriotism and self-reliance – that he believed were crucial for “making men.”

William D. Boyce is certainly turning in his grave today.

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