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Who Owns That Dance Move?
On December 5th, 2018, Terrence Ferguson, better known as 2 Milly, filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California alleging that Epic Games, Inc.
United States
15 Jan 2019
FTC Eyes Contact Lens Trademark Settlement Agreements
Over a spirited dissent, and in a 3-1 decision issued on November 14, the FTC Commissioners held that 1-800 Contacts violated Section 5 of the FTC Action ...
United States
12 Dec 2018
A License To Kill A License? SCOTUS To Resolve Trademark Bankruptcy Split
Trademark licensing is a driving force in business relationships. One common example is where one business owns a trademark, which it licenses out to other companies who manufacture and sell the products bearing the mark.
United States
5 Dec 2018
Sunkist's New Candy Packaging Is Forbidden Fruit, Welch's Infringement Suit Says
Promotion in Motion Inc. ("PIM") makes the popular Welch's Fruit Snacks under a licensing deal with Welch's, and Kervan USA LLC is a rival candymaker that has a similar licensing arrangement...
United States
30 Nov 2018
Harshing My "Vibes": Kim Kardashian Fragrance Line Faces Trademark Infringement Suit
Kim Kardashian West's fragrance company, KKW Fragrance LLC, is the target of a reverse confusion trademark infringement suit launched by Chicago-based mobile marketing company, Vibes Media, LLC.
United States
22 Nov 2018
The Cousteau Society Sues Jacques Cousteau's Granddaughter For Trademark Infringement
The Cousteau Society ("TCS") filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against Jacques Cousteau's granddaughter, Celine Cousteau, alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition under federal and New York state law.
United States
31 Oct 2018
Battle Of The Bottles: Jack Daniel's Brings Trademark And Trade Dress Infringement Suit Against Texas Distilleries
Jack Daniel's is fighting hard to protect its iconic, all-American image against purported copycats. The famous Tennessee whiskey brand filed a lengthy complaint ...
United States
25 Jul 2018
University Of Illinois Launches Suit Against "Make Illinois Great Again" Shirt Seller
The University of Illinois sued Ted O'Malley, the seller of shirts that feature the University's former symbol, "Chief Illiniwek," and the phrase "Make Illinois Great Again" for trademark and copyright infringement...
United States
11 Jul 2018
Elmo Needs A Hug: Sesame Workshop Loses Its Motion For Temporary Restraining Order In Trademark Infringement Case
Last month, Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization that owns the famous children's television show Sesame Street, filed a lawsuit against STX Productions, LLC, STX Financing, LLC ...
United States
11 Jun 2018
High Stakes: Iowa Ends Up Paying $1M For Blocking Pro-Marijuana T-Shirts
The state of Iowa will be covering the bill in a protracted lawsuit over Iowa State University's decision to bar a chapter of NORML from using the university's trademarks on T-shirts.
United States
17 Apr 2018
Nine Lives Indeed: Grumpy Cat Wins IP Lawsuit Against Beverage Company
In late 2015, Grumpy Cat Ltd. filed suit against beverage company Grenade Beverages LLC and its owners Paul and Nick Sandford for trademark and copyright infringement.
United States
27 Mar 2018
Throwing Shade: Upscale Manhattan Bar Calls Out "Basic" Would-Be Infringer
Not since Mariah Carey claimed "I don't know her" about Jennifer Lopez has such supreme shade been thrown on public record.
United States
23 Feb 2018
Preliminary Injunction Could Hinder Equinox Hotel Opening
Luxury fitness chain Equinox recently announced that it will be debuting its first fitness-oriented hotel in New York City in 2019, with additional sites planned for Los Angeles and other major cities. Certainly aware of this announcement was the San Francisco-based hotel company Equinox Hotel Management Inc., which already has existed in the hotel industry for years under its EQUINOX-formative trademarks.
United States
19 Dec 2017
Just Like Grandma Used to Infringe: Trademark Battle Sparks Over "Nana"
Granny can't catch a break. In the food and beverage industry, "NANA"-formative trademarks are plentiful. However, the owner of several such marks has overstepped its bounds, asserts Nana Joe's LLC in its complaint filed earlier this month in the Eastern District of Texas.
United States
4 Dec 2017
Montel Williams Aims Pot Shot at Cannabis Trademark Infringers
Talk show host and cannabis mogul Montel Williams recently filed suit against multiple medical marijuana retailers under the Lanham Act and Florida state law for trademark infringement, false advertising, violations of the right to publicity and right to privacy, and unfair business practices.
United States
1 Dec 2017
Celebrity Chef Sued By Certification Organization Over "Gluten-Free" Labelling
Last month, gluten intolerance advocacy group Gluten Intolerance Group ("GIG") sued celebrity chef Jamie Oliver for trademark infringement and unfair business practices under the Lanham Act...
United States
16 Nov 2017
Ka-pow! 9th Circuit Finds Social Media Gag Order Unconstitutional in COMIC CON Trademark Dispute
In a previous post, we analyzed the battle over the trademark COMIC CON, which is owned by the San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) but has been used by over 100 other comic book convention organizers.
United States
10 Nov 2017
Arrgh! Social Media Post Lands "Pirate Joe's" In Hot Water
In the highly-publicized case about unauthorized reselling of Trader Joe's merchandise by renegade Canadian merchant "Pirate Joe's," social media provided the powder keg for Trader Joe's...
United States
20 Oct 2017
Delta Airlines Uses RICO Statutes To Enforce Trademark Rights Against Counterfeit Pet Transit
Delta Airlines, Inc. ("Delta") sued a handful of defendants in Federal court last week over a pet shipment website that appears to be affiliated with the company. Delta is seeking an injunction and damages against John Doe defendants.
United States
5 Oct 2017
"Local" is a Claim Requiring Substantiation in False Advertising Action
U.S. District Court in Utah decided an interesting case involving whether an advertiser can use the word "local" in Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. v. Leland Sycamore et al. Defendant Leland Sycamore had invented the trade secret process and formula for making "Grandma Sycamore's Home-Maid Bread."
United States
5 Oct 2017
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