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Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig with the motorized lounge chair his department seized after its owner drove it into a parked vehicle. (Steve Kuchera /

Famous recliner pulled and returned to E-bay due to trademark issue


La-Z-Boy has long been a unique and clever trademark for reclining chairs.

The Proctor Police Department will soon find out how valuable that name is.

After receiving E-Bay bids topping $43,000 for a "La-Z-Boy'' motorized lounge chair that police confiscated from a man who drove it drunk into a parked vehicle, Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig said he was notified today that the chair is not a La-Z-Boy and cannot be auctioned as one.

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