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    Re/Max Sues Over 'CSI' Episode

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    DENVER (AP) - Real estate company Re/Max International has sued CBS, alleging an episode of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" portrayed a shady real estate agent who used a for-sale sign that looked like a Re/Max sign.

    The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, says the fictional agent illegally opened a house for a couple who ransack a closet and have sex in the home. The agent is later suspected of robbery, pornography and homicide, according to the suit.

    The agent used a real estate sign with red, white and blue bars similar to the Re/Max sign, and the sign is visible when an investigator says, "These slimes will do anything to sell a home," the suit says.

    The episode aired Oct. 10. Re/Max, based in suburban Greenwood Village, says use of the sign by the unethical agent damaged the company's reputation.

    CBS spokeswoman Nancy Carr had not seen the suit but said, "We are very comfortable that the claim does not have merit."

    The suit also names Viacom, which owns CBS, and Alliance Atlantis Communications of Toronto. The Canadian company's alleged role is not explained in the suit.

    The suit seeks unspecified damages, asks that the sign be removed from the episode and seeks assurances no similar design will be used in the future.

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    They need to get a life!
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    Oh my god!
    I really just need to find someone rich to sue, so I can retire.
    These things are so utterly ridiculous. Maybe I should write remax and tell them that I was considering using them to sell my multimillion dollar home, and also to find me a new one, but with this nasty suit business, I'll have to go elsewhere.
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    Cali! You should -- I'll do it if you do!
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    lol. It's pretty sad when the use of the same colors can get you sued these days. I didn't know colors were trademarkable?

    And I guess the fact that the realtor WASN'T responsible in the end makes no difference.

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    The agent used a real estate sign with red, white and blue bars similar to the Re/Max sign
    You better watch out, GW Bush, that flag looks a whole lot like a Re/Max sign! Them red, white, and blue bars could be mistaken...

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    (and yes, I know there are no blue bars on the flag, I was just making a point that "red, white, and blue" is probably the most common color combination in the US)

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    John,

    Commercials use competitor "color schemes" all the time. I hope this gets thrown out faster than the ink dries on the paperwork.
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    What a frivolous lawsuit! I'm familiar with Re/Max, and I never saw anything that made me think of the company during that episode. Furthermore, even if I did, I recognize that it is fiction, and I would not shift real estate companies because of a "sort of" similarity between an actual company and a fictional one!

    I used Re/Max to buy our current house, BTW, but cut 'em loose when we sold our old one. They didn't want to go with the price we wanted because they wanted to turn it over more quickly. We wound up getting the price we wanted with a different realtor.
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