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Gansler campaign settles over use of trademarked apple ballot

(AP) The Montgomery County Education Association has reached a settlement with Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler’s former campaign for governor over the use of campaign literature that resembled the union’s apple-shaped ballot. In the settlement announced Thursday, the campaign acknowledged that the union’s Apple Ballot was properly filed and registered on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s principal register. Tom Israel, the executive director of the MCEA, says the union’s ballot design is a known, trusted and trademarked brand. It shows which candidates the union supports. The union supported Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown in June’s Democratic primary. Gansler’s campaign released similar apple-shaped handouts that said Gansler had the support of teachers across Montgomery County. The union filed a lawsuit, and the campaign denied liability. The union says the agreement settles the litigation.