Girl Scouts Sue Boy Scouts Because of ‘Gender Distinction’ Changes

The Boy Scouts' move to welcome girls as members caused a change in "Core gender distinction" between them and the Girl Scouts that equals a trademark infringement dispute according to attorneys for the Girl Scouts. (Getty Images photo)

Market Watch – The Girl Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts, saying the organization’s inclusive rebranding effort has caused all sorts of consumer confusion from mistaken enrollment in the Boy Scouts to misinformation about a merge of the two groups. Tuesday’s trademark infringement lawsuit is an attempt to clear up the uncertainty, said the Girl Scouts of the United States of America.

The Manhattan federal case noted the two separate youth organizations have long coexisted. But problems arose when “core gender distinction” was altered by the Boy Scouts of America, which announced in October 2017 it would open its doors to girls beginning in 2019.

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