Portland sues company over outdoor restrooms

Portland sues company over outdoor restrooms

Portland sues company over outdoor restrooms

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by JONATHAN J. COOPER Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The City of Portland thinks something stinks about the public bathrooms being marketed by a Southern Oregon company.

The city says the Sidewalk Restroom sold by Romtec Inc. of Roseburg looks too similar to the Portland Loo, the city's distinctive street-side restrooms. Portland has filed a lawsuit alleging Romtec's restroom violates the city's copyright on the Loo and is interfering with efforts to sell the Loo to other cities.

The steel-walled restrooms feature open slats at the top and bottom to let police see how many people are inside, an anti-graffiti coating to deter vandalism and a hand-washing station on the outside to promote shorter use.

A Romtec official did not return a phone call.
 

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