SOURCE: SCS Direct Inc.

SCS Direct Inc.

May 05, 2016 13:12 ET

Connecticut Company SCS Direct Inc. Files Suit Against Cards Against Humanity for Unfair Trade Practices

TRUMBULL, CT--(Marketwired - May 05, 2016) - SCS Direct Inc., a consumer products company based in Trumbull, CT, has announced legal action against Cards Against Humanity, LLC, alleging claims, including violation of Connecticut's Unfair Trade Practices Act, and seeking, among other things, injunctive relief and punitive damages.

SCS Direct Inc. recently produced "Humanity Hates Trump," a card game that puts a satirical spin on the controversial politics that are a large component to this year's Presidential race.

In a move to gain pre-launch recognition with both consumers and media, a Humanity Hates Trump Kickstarter campaign was posted in mid-March. Touted by CrowdfundInsider.com as the most successful of all Trump-related Kickstarter campaigns, the product received a lot of media buzz surrounding its highly anticipated, mid-May release, earning the attention of the developer of the Cards Against Humanity™® ("CAH") game.

The game is played similarly to Apples to Apples, CAH and other comparable games where each player is dealt seven white cards, each including a word or phrase. Each round, players take turns serving as the judge, drawing one black card containing a question or fill in the blank sentence. Players answer the question or fill in the blank sentence by choosing their favorite white card to fill it in. Each player takes turns judging, choosing their favorite option and the funniest answer wins the round. Two Ultimate Trump Cards are included in the deck where the player who has this card in their hand, and plays it, automatically wins the round. The Ultimate Trump Card boasts similar "argument-winning powers" outside the game in real life.

Unofficial expansion packs are not unfamiliar to CAH, as there are several on the market including Guards Against Insanity and Crabs Adjust Humidity. All are touted and sold as unauthorized, unofficial expansions to the original CAH deck on product websites and on Amazon.

However, upon hearing the buzz surrounding Humanity Hates Trump, CAH legal representatives reached out to SCS Direct owner Howard Greenspan, requesting several changes to the product. Greenspan made changes with a notable exception -- black and white cards. There are over a dozen of unrelated card games which use black and white cards, many of which were released before and after CAH, such as We Didn't Play This and Super Fight.

According to SCS Direct, a complaint was made by CAH with Kickstarter and Greenspan's campaign was removed, resulting in lost revenue from the campaign. In addition, SCS Direct is blocked from fulfilling pre-launch product sales to its Kickstarter campaign backers.

"I am shocked that a large, successful company such as Cards Against Humanity, would be threatened by a small Kickstarter campaign such as ours," said Howard Greenspan, adding, "Claiming rights to the colors black and white is absurd. It's evident they view Humanity Hates Trump as competition, and the fact that they caused Kickstarter to pull our campaign is clearly an unfair trade practice."

Greenspan offered an apology to his Kickstarter backers, for whom he is grateful. A lawsuit was filed April 29th against CAH in federal district court in Bridgeport, CT. He is confident in a swift resolution, and expects to fulfill pre-orders in the very near future.

Humanity Hates Trump... Making American Party Games Great Again will be sold in both a base set ($24.95), expansion pack ($14.95) and a second expansion pack, Humanity Hates Hillary TOO! Launching May 20th and available for pre-order on HumanityHatesTrump.com, the company has released a small number of initial run sets currently for sale on Amazon. Prior to the launch date, the company will continue to take pre-orders but they expect to sell out of the full production run prior to the official release date.

* This set is in no way endorsed or affiliated with Donald J. Trump himself or Cards Against Humanity™, a registered trademark of Cards Against Humanity LLC, nor does it represent the views of Howard Greenspan or SCS Direct Inc.

Media interviews with Howard Greenspan will be considered on a case by case basis by contacting Denise Hawkins, Director of Public Relations, SCS Direct Inc., deniseh@scsdirectinc.com or 203.951.5936.

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