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Metro Sends Cease-and-Desist to Parody “HotCars” Site

Parody Metro dating network Metro HotCars—"Here to Turn Up on the Heat on Your Love Life"—had people laughing last week, but Metro wasn't amused. At the time, Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the transit agency was "reviewing its legal options" against the humor site.

Today, it looks like they're done reviewing.

Metro has sent HotCars creator Kyle Conrad a cease-and-desist letter, warning him to stop using Metro's "M" and SmartBenefits logos.

"You are misappropriating the goodwill associated with WMATA, which we have worked very hard to cultivate, and illegally using this goodwill to promote your business," Metro Associate General Counsel Mark R. Pohl writes in the letter (available in full below), dated May 24.

Stessel confirms to City Desk that the letter is legitimate. Via email, Conrad tells City Desk that he hasn't decided on his response to the letter. City Desk will let readers decide for themselves how much goodwill is associated with WMATA.

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