July 31, 2013 |
In this legal battle, it's casual gaming vs. casual sex. Zynga Inc., the social video games maker known for "Words With Friends" and "Scramble With Friends," has sued Bang With Friends Inc., a service that facilitates casual sex encounters, claiming that its name exploits Zynga's "With Friends" brand. Bang With Friends' service enables users to find Facebook friends to hook up with. In a complaint filed Tuesday, Zynga said Bang With Friends' use of the phrase "With Friends" is trademark infringement.
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July 15, 2013 |
A Southern California man was sentenced Monday to eight years in state prison for illegally importing counterfeit Disney merchandise from China and selling it over the Internet, prosecutors said. Larry James Allred, 58, pleaded guilty to a court offer of one felony count of trademark infringement, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Prosecutors said Allred, a resident of Walnut, had two previous strikes: a 1975 rape conviction and a 1978 conviction for rape and kidnapping.
June 13, 2013 |
Punky apparel chain Hot Topic Inc. is getting raked over the coals by rock 'n' roll queen bee Joan Jett, whose Blackheart Records Group Inc. is accusing the clothier of ripping off the Blackheart name for a new lingerie line. Blackheart sued Hot Topic in Manhattan federal court this week, taking issue with the skull-and-crossbones-emblazoned panties and snake-print push-up bras the mall staple recently began selling under its own Blackheart label. Marketing efforts from the City of Industry-based fashion brand “were geared towards trading off the substantial goodwill associated” with Jett's New York record label, according to the suit.
November 8, 2012 |
The makers of "The Hobbit" trilogy aren't too happy about a low-budget direct-to-DVD knockoff. Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and producer Saul Zaentz have filed a lawsuit against production studio the Asylum over its low budget direct-to-DVD "mockbuster" "Age of the Hobbits" that's designed to draft off consumer interest in the eagerly awaited "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. " Both are scheduled for release in December. Zaentz owns the trademark for author J.J.R. Tolkien's "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" books for use in films and other media.
October 2, 2012 |
Home decor chain Restoration Hardware, which recently filed plans for an initial public stock offering, is being sued for allegedly stealing designs for chairs and bar stools. Emeco Industries, a furniture maker from Hanover, Pa., filed suit in federal court in San Francisco accusing Restoration Hardware of trademark infringement and "selling a series of cheap knockoffs" based on Emeco designs, according to the suit. Former co-chief executive Gary Friedman is also named in the suit.
September 8, 2012 |
Caballero Video in Canoga Park, one of the area's oldest pornography studios, sought to pay homage to Ben & Jerry's with its X-rated "Ben & Cherry's" flicks. The ice cream maker wasn't impressed. The Vermont company, known for frozen treats such as Boston Cream Pie, Peanut Butter Cups and Chocolate Fudge Brownie, sued Caballero this week in federal court alleging trademark infringement. The DVDs, according to the filing, involve "blatant and outrageous copying and misappropriation of the Ben & Jerry's intellectual property.