Homer Laughlin settles Fiesta suit

Homer Laughlin settles Fiesta suit


The Homer Laughlin China Co. has settled a lawsuit aimed at protecting its Fiesta trademark.

West Virginia-based Homer Laughlin’s lawsuit claimed that Hanna’s Candle Co. of Fayetteville, Ark., and The Bazaar Inc. of River Grove, Ill., sold cheap Chinese imitations of its popular and collectible Fiesta dinnerware.

In exchange for the lawsuit’s dismissal, Homer Laughlin attorney Charles B. Gibbons says the defendants agreed to stop selling the dinnerware.

Gibbons tells The Herald-Star of Steubenville that 2,334 sets of dinnerware will be recalled. Homer Laughlin plans to donate the dinnerware to homeless shelters and food kitchens in the Fayetteville, Ark., area.

He says Homer Laughlin also plans to send a “cease and desist” letter to a Chinese company that imported the dinnerware.

Online course offers philanthropy advice


A free online course that starts today will offer students the chance to learn about giving from Warren Buffett and help decide how to spend more than $100,000 of his sister’s money.

More than 4,000 people have signed up for the course that also will feature philanthropic advice from baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr. and the founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner and journalist Soledad O’Brien are other featured guests. The amount being given away could grow if more students sign up.

Buffett and his older sister, Doris Buffett, will be featured in the first class to talk about their motivation for philanthropy. Warren Buffett is gradually giving away all of his $58 billion Berkshire Hathaway stock, while Doris Buffett already has given away more than $150 million en route to her goal of redistributing all her wealth before she dies.

“The trick is not to have her give it away faster than I make it,” Warren Buffett joked because his family’s wealth is tied to the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate he runs.

Associated Press

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