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April 30, 2015

Wounded Warrior Project Sues Small Nonprofit Over Similar Logo

A small veterans charity in Pennsylvania says it has spent more than $72,000 defendin gitself in a lawsuit from the Wounded Warrior Project over the groups' similar logos, television station WTKR reports.

Both the Keystone Wounded Warriors and the Wounded Warriors Project use soldier silhouettes as thier logos. In the federal lawsuit, the national charity said it “has suffered irreparable damage to its business, goodwill, reputation and profits” because of the local group's logo.

According to the report, the Wounded Warrior Project's most recent tax filings listed nearly $235 millioin in income. That compares to the Pennsylvania group's income of just over $200,000, which is less than the $375,000 salary of Wounded Warrior Project chief executive, Steve Nardizzi.

In a report from WTVR, the Richmond CBS affiliate, Mr. Nardizzi responds to low grades from two charity watchdogs, which assigned the group lower ratings based on its high executive salaries and high fundraising costs, calling them unfair. The charity lists fundraising expenses of nearly $32 million.

Charity Watch gives the group an overall C+ rating. Mr. Nardizzi, who has been leading a campaign to ignore the watchdogs, calls the ratings "horribly ineffective" and says his group's high fundraising costs are fueling the organization's growth.