A nonprofit which helps disabled South Carolinians is suing the State Treasurer’s Office, claiming a newer program of almost the same name is creating confusion among its clients.
ABLE SC has helped provide services for those with disabilities for more than two decades, while the Treasurer’s Office’s SC Able Savings program helps those with disabilities save and invest their money while maintaining their eligibility for needs-based programs. The financial program was created under a 2016 state law.
ABLE SC director Kimberly Tissot says the similar names are confusing the same people they hope to help. He organization is suing for trademark infringement. “(The Treasurer’s Office’s) refusal to end the confusion by changing the name has forced us to file this lawsuit, which was our absolute last resort,” she told reporters during a news conference last week. [Read more…]