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Small business sues U.S. Olympic Committee over right to talk about Olympics on social media

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A Minneapolis law firm is filing a civil lawsuit against the U.S. Olympic Committee over small businesses' rights to talk about the Olympics on social media.

Jux Law Firm announced Wednesday that they will be filing the suit Thursday, on behalf of Zerorez of Minnesota, a carpet cleaning business.

In the wake of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) warning small businesses against discussing the Olympics on social media, the lawsuit asks the court to provide clarity to businesses who have been silenced out of fear of the USOC's legal retaliation.

The USOC claims businesses that are not official Olympic sponsors cannot post or hashtag Olympic terms on social media. That includes words such as 'Olympian, Team USA, Road to Rio', which are prohibited through August 24th (when the games conclude). 

Aaron Hall with Jux Law Firm, said the ban is "trademark bullying", and said the ban undermines the spirit of the Olympics, ultimately silencing America's patriotism, and infringing on First Amendment rights.

Hall also said it's not money they're after, the lawsuit is more of a declaratory action, which just asks the judge to interpret small businesses' rights. 

Hall said the timeline for any action is completely up to the judge's discretion.
    

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