Hershey company says Maryland candidate of the same name improperly mimicking candy bar design

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WASHINGTON – The Hershey company says a Maryland candidate is milking its iconic chocolate bar for political gain.

The Pennsylvania-based Hershey’s filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court in Maryland accusing state Sen. Stephen S. Hershey Jr. of improperly using campaign materials that mimic the look of a Hershey’s candy bar.

Among other things, the company wants a judge to bar Senator Hershey from using materials with the word Hershey “in block text or on a brown or maroon background” and to pay for the cost of the lawsuit.

Hershey said in a statement Tuesday that his campaign’s actions were lawful.

He served in the Maryland House of Delegates from 2011 to 2013, when he was appointed to a state senate seat. He is now running for re-election.

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