I read a news article from 2 years ago where commenters noted the similarities in the logos. It takes a pretty big lapse of judgement to think having a logo so similar, even if "legal," is a good idea.
Exactly. We should keep in mind that this logo is interpreted by the general public, not graphic designers.
In the articles I posted above, a Kentucky distributor refused to carry the brand because the logo was so similar to the other.