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Anti-cheese group backs off of 'cheesehead' billboard

The threat of a lawsuit prompted a physician's group to scrap plans for an anti-cheese billboard featuring a popular Wisconsin icon. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine planned to erect a billboard near Green Bay depicting the Grim Reaper with a foam cheesehead hat. The company that makes the cheese hats threatened to sue, so the billboard group decided to remove the icon from the billboard.
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The threat of a lawsuit prompted a physician's group to scrap plans for an anti-cheese billboard featuring a popular Wisconsin icon. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine planned to erect a billboard near Green Bay depicting the Grim Reaper with a foam cheesehead hat. The company that makes the cheese hats threatened to sue, so the billboard group decided to remove the icon from the billboard.

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