Tag Archives: Lanham Act

Peter Luger Brings Trademark Claims Against Similarly-Named Rival

Last week, iconic Brooklyn steakhouse Peter Luger filed an action against a similarly-named rival.  The defendant, Carl von Luger, operates a steakhouse in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with plans to expand to Florida.  Peter Luger, in business since 1887, claims that the defendant attempted to create a false association between the steakhouse brands.  The complaint includes claims … Continue Reading

Judge Castel Dismisses RICO Claims in Case Over Alibaba Selling Counterfeit Goods

Today, Judge Castel dismissed RICO claims brought against Alibaba Group Holding by a group of luxury goods makers including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.  The complaint accused Alibaba of providing services and a market platform to merchants that Alibaba should have known were selling counterfeit goods. Judge Castel specifically considered the plaintiffs’ claims that Alibaba’s … Continue Reading

Italian Fashion Company Accuses Ivanka Trump of Making Copycat Shoes

Yesterday, Italian fashion company Aquazurra filed a complaint against Ivanka Trump and her partner Marc Fisher over shoes that allegedly infringe on Aquazurra’s designs.  Trump’s company markets a red “Hettie” shoe that Aquazurra claims infringes on its famous “Wild Thing” shoe (pictured here): Aquazurra alleges that at least two other Trump shoes infringe on Aquazurra’s designs.  … Continue Reading

Judge Gardephe Allows Plaintiff to Dismiss Own Federal Patent Claims Against Chobani But Preserves Federal Jurisdiction

In an opinion this week, Judge Gardephe granted the plaintiffs’ motion to dismiss their own federal trademark claims, but found that the defendants’ declaratory judgment counterclaims were enough to preserve federal jurisdiction.  Defendant Chobani had alleged that the dismissal of the federal law claims was simply a tactic for the plaintiffs to attempt to defeat federal subject matter … Continue Reading

Judge Cote Grants Permanent Injunction for Fake Internet Reviews About Competitor

On Monday, Judge Cote granted a laser hair removal operator’s request for an injunction (included as part of a summary judgment motion) against another laser hair removal operator that had posted false reviews from fake accounts on internet consumer forums including Yelp.com and CitySearch.com.  Judge Cote found that these reviews represented unfair trade practices under the Lanham Act … Continue Reading

Judge Carter Dismisses Louis Vuitton’s Challenge to Use of Knockoff Handbag in “Hangover: Part II” Movie

In an order dated Friday, Judge Carter dismissed Louis Vuitton’s lawsuit against Warner Brothers for allegedly using a knockoff Louis Vuitton handbag in a scene in the movie “Hangover: Part II.” The challenged scene takes place in an airport in Thailand. Stu (Ed Helms) makes room on an airport seat by moving aside the handbag … Continue Reading
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