Mayo Or Mustard?

The genesis of a wisecracking ham sandwich is the subject of a federal copyright infringement lawsuit an Internet newspaper has filed against The Richards Group,
Dallas, and the Florida Department of Citrus.
Tabloid.net said the suit filed last week in San Francisco seeks damages and an immediate halt to the $20 million Florida orange juice campaign.
The suit alleges Richards used a character similar to one created two years ago for a Tabloid.net weekly column. That smart-aleck sandwich resided in a taxi, dispensing unwanted psychic advice. Tabloid.net said a similarly sassy sandwich in the OJ ads is “identical in appearance and manner”–including a pair of toothpick-mounted olives for eyes.
Richards Group president Stan Richards denied his staff got the idea for the sandwich from the site.
Tabloid.net claims to have evidence of multiple visits to the site by the agency’s computers. Richards said he understands the dates of those visits, if substantiated, apparently were made when the feature was not even posted.
–Glen Fest and Joan Voight