'Hebrew National' Umbrellas Subject of Lawsuit in Maine

June 29, 2003

Source: The Boston Globe

On June 29, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that restaurant owner "Brian Bartley is suing the town of Kennebunk, Maine, over a ban on the Hebrew National umbrellas he has used at his restaurant... Bartley alleges that the town's code enforcement officer, Paul Demers, targeted his restaurant's dozen Hebrew National umbrellas, citing them as violations of a sign ordinance while ignoring others that touted the names of Budwiser and Poland Spring. Demers, the lawsuit alleges, said the Hebrew National umbrellas were 'personally offensive' and 'they have to go.'"