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About 1-800 Contacts1-800 Contacts is a company based in Draper, Utah, United States, sells contact lenses, including Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, CIBA Vision, Bausch & Lomb and CooperVision brand. The company was founded in 1995. In 2006, its last year as a public company, the Company reported net sales of US $ 247 million. In 2008, 1-800 CONTACTS conducted in cooperation with Wal-Mart, which ended in 2013. In June 2012, WellPoint buy 1-800 Contacts from Fenway Partners. Thomas H. Lee Partners acquired the company in 2014.
1-800 CONTACTS was founded in 1995 by Jonathan C. Coon and John F. Nichols, and incorporated in February of that year. As in 2005 the state's 10-K report companies, "Mr. Nichols is an eye doctor certified in California and is co-owner of the Club since 1991 Lens DOWN until February 1995. Mr. Nichols was Bausch & Lomb working as a senior sales representative from 1989 to 1991. Mr. Nicholas and Mitchel Glanzbergh, owner of a small chain of stores called SPEX optics of Appeal, began DOWN Lens Club, of which number to call and order the "1800-CONTACTS." He Glanzbergh company assigned to Mr. Nichols as Johnson & Johnson (the distributor of their contact lenses) threatened to pull their license distribution, as DOWN Lens Club was run out of a shop and off of Appeal SPEX SPEX appellate license.
In 2002, they bought Lens Express.
By using a free phone number as his brand, a consumer can recognize products, led to calls for purchase, and purchase a product within minutes. It is hoped that consumers will more easily remember the phone number of the company, and therefore are more likely to become regular customers. 1800Contacts.com is a domain name owned by the company that a customer can place an order online. The combination of quantity and fit free domain is called a "Toll-Free Domain" or a "Teledotcom".
1-800 CONTACTS WhenU promotional event pop-up in 2002. In the lawsuit against WhenU, which also named Vision Direct as a co-defendant, 1-800 CONTACTS ads alleging that offered by WhenU, which advertise competitors of 1-800 CONTACTS (as Vision Direct) when people see the company's Web site, is "inherently fraudulent" and a "wrong message tricking users into pop ups provided by WhenU.com is in fact advertising is authorized by and originating with the basic web page ".
In December 2003 Judge Deborah Batts of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York granted a preliminary ban, block WhenU from providing advertising for some Web surfers, with its structural reasons a trademark infringement Lanham Act violations.
However, WhenU appeal, and the United States Circuit Court of Appeals said Monday WhenU actions did not amount to "use" that the Lanham Act requires to constitute infringement of trademark. The appellate court reversed a preliminary ban and ordered dismissal of all claims of 1-800 CONTACTS was based on trademark infringement, leaving the claims based on unfair competition and infringement of copyright. District Court has found that 1-800 CONTACTS has not won in appeal his piracy, found that "the act does not violate the rights of the plaintiff to show the site of its copyright, also its not to create derivative works from it. "
Electronic Frontier Foundation criticized the case, saying it was "unable to help against adware and spyware", but was rather to allow the company "to gain control of the desktop "where the legal principles to be used" would create a precedent that would allow owners of trademarks to dictate what can be opened on your computer when you visit a web page of them ". At the time of the appeal filed amicus curiae that short urged the Court of Appeal to restrict the influence of the "initial interest confusion" doctrine that was applied by the district court.