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The manager of the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn is actually considering suing Barneys because, they claim, Barneys is misusing the name Co-op, reports our sister site Racked NY. "The Barneys Co-op has been using the name for 25 years, plus they've had it trademarked, so they don't believe they're vulnerable to any kind of legal attack. But since only a food coop can bring a lawsuit against an organization abusing the term, it's possible that Barneys been able to get away with it for the past quarter-century only because it hasn't antagonized any powerful hippie conglomerates. Now that Barneys is moving into prime Park Slope Food Coop territory, however, the battle is on." [RNY]