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Lay-Z-Boy stops eBay auction for motorized chair

November 5, 2009

Trademark infringements can geta really bad taste in peopls mouths real quickly.

Lay-z-boy DUI Chair logo problems trademark

Lay-z-boy not happy....what?

Mere hours before bidding was scheduled to end on the infamous DUI La-Z-Boy-Mobile, the motorized recliner suddenly vanished from the auction.  With the price at $43,100 and rising, eBay received a demand letter from the most unlikely of parties — the La-Z-Boy corporation itself. We’re told La-Z-Boy played the trademark card due to the title of the auction “La-Z-Boy DWI Chair” and eBay was forced to pull the auction.

Here’s the worst part: the chair was being auctioned off by the Proctor Minnesota Police Department and all profits were to benefit the taxpayers.

We’re told La-Z-Boy “felt bad” about stopping the auction — but hey, business is business. 

Anderson is not getting any share from the eBay loot, but his family was able to get him $710 by auctioning a photo of his on on his now famous chariot. I am sure it won’t compensate for his hurt pride, or his lost toy, but hey it should help him pay some of his legal fees.

A piece of advice to the future winner/owner of this infamous chair. You may want to keep practicing your driving skills within your property limits. Even if you do get tempted to show it off to neighbors by zooming through the streets, remember to do it sober. Otherwise, like Anderson, you will forever be labeled as the drunk La-Z-Boy, err, motorized recliner driver

The chair has been relisted so don’t give up. Here is the new listing – http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/DWI-Chair-Motorized-Chair-Racing-Chair_W0QQitemZ150385696050QQihZ005QQcategoryZ6737QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

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