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October 13, 1999 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the nation's largest-ever trademark infringement award, a Los Angeles jury Tuesday ordered pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. to pay a British company $143 million for stealing the Trovan name to market its controversial antibiotic. Legal experts called the verdict "staggering," saying it raises the stakes for companies that deliberately infringe other companies' trademarks. Jurors said Pfizer, the second-largest U.S.
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April 15, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Shawne Merriman once knocked four opposing players unconscious during a single high school football game. Can Nike make such a claim? Doubt it. Yet, the company is using "Lights Out" -- the nickname Merriman says he earned after that game -- as the name of one of its athletic apparel lines. That strikes a nerve with the former NFL star, who used the nickname throughout his career and performed a celebratory dance of the same name after sacks. And he's doing something about it. On Monday a lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on behalf of Merriman's Lights Out Holdings LLC against Nike for trademark infringement and unfair competition.
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BUSINESS
February 8, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
There's room for only one cupcake company called Sprinkles, and that's the one in Beverly Hills, a newly settled lawsuit seems to suggest. The popular chain, which first launched in Southern California in 2005, recently settled a trademark infringement lawsuit against a Fairfield, Conn., bakery that was calling itself Pink Sprinkles. That business, which opened in 2009, is now calling itself the Pink Cupcake Shack. Its website calls the shop “Fairfield's first cupcake boutique in Brick Walk Promenade” and touts the staff's decades of experience.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Apparently when it comes to selling satellite TV, anything goes. In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Sacramento, satellite broadcaster DirecTV accuses Dish One, a retailer majority-owned by rival Dish Network, of using all sorts of duplicitous and illegal acts including pretending to be DirecTV representatives in an effort to poach subscribers, primarily senior citizens. Dish One has "engaged in marketing efforts to target existing DirecTV customers and convince those customers to switch to Dish Network based on false and misleading representations," DirecTV said in the suit, which makes allegations of trademark infringement, false advertising, fraud and slander.
BUSINESS
April 29, 1997
Westec Security Inc. said Monday that it has filed a trademark infringement suit against Western Resources Inc. of Topeka, Kan., and its wholly owned subsidiaries, Westar Security Services and WestSec Inc. of Irving, Texas. The suit, filed in Municipal Court in Santa Monica, seeks an injunction to stop the use of the Westar and WestSec trademarks. The suit also alleges that use of those trademarks dilutes the value of the well-known Westec trademark.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1987 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, Times Staff Writer
In an apparent effort to scare away cloners of its new line of personal computers, IBM has filed trademark infringement suits against two computer accessory makers, including AST Research Inc. in Irvine. The suits, filed in the U.S. District Courts in Los Angeles and San Francisco, allege that AST and Orchid Technology Inc. of Fremont misused IBM's trademarked name of its new system, "PS/2," in a recent series of ads.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2000 | DENISE GELLENE Denise Gellene..AU: LEE ROMNEY and MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Scott Smith says he can identify with Entrepreneur magazine's current cover story, "Entrepreneurs Under Attack." That's because the Sacramento PR man is fighting trademark infringement accusations from a bigger company: Entrepreneur Media, the magazine's Irvine-based parent. In January 1998, Entrepreneur Media sent a cease-and-desist letter to Smith and his public relations firm, Entrepreneur PR. The letter said that the publisher had registered the word "entrepreneur" in 1982.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Whimsic Alley, the Miracle Mile shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise and was sued by Warner Bros. for trademark infringement, has reached a settlement with the studio that will allow the store to remain open, owner Stanley Goldin told The Times in an email. In March, Warner Bros., the distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks, targeted the shop with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that some fans feared would force the store to close.
BUSINESS
August 20, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Compaq Claims Trademark Infringement: Compaq Computer Corp. filed a trademark infringement suit against CMS Enhancements Inc. in Tustin, maintaining that CMS illegally used Compaq's name in disks and tape storage units for personal computers. The federal suit seeks to stop CMS from using Compaq trademarks, and asks for treble damages. (Filed Aug. 14, 1990. Case No. 90-4338).
BUSINESS
December 30, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nordictrack Sues Soloflex CEO for Defamation: CML Group Inc.'s maker of fitness products claims Jerry Wilson made several false and defaming references to Nordictrack in quotes published by Infomercial Marketing Report on Sept. 22. Nordictrack said the lawsuit is unrelated to others involving the firms over claims of unfair competition, false advertising, trade libel and trademark infringement.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Whimsic Alley, the Miracle Mile shop that sells "Harry Potter" merchandise and was sued by Warner Bros. for trademark infringement, has reached a settlement with the studio that will allow the store to remain open, owner Stanley Goldin told The Times in an email. In March, Warner Bros., the distributor of the "Harry Potter" movies and since 1998 the owner of the bulk of the "Potter" trademarks, targeted the shop with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles that some fans feared would force the store to close.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
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.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Ben Fritz, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
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.
BUSINESS
October 2, 2012 | By Shan Li
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.
BUSINESS
April 9, 1996 | JAMES BATES
DreamWorks SKG produced a legal victory as a federal judge dismissed a trademark infringement case brought by the similarly named Dreamwerks Production Group, a Florida company that organizes Star Trek conventions. Chief U.S. District Judge W. Matthew Byrne Jr. in Los Angeles found that the trademarks were significantly different--and that the companies are in much different lines of work--blunting the plaintiff's argument that the name could cause consumer confusion.
BUSINESS
February 4, 1992
Nike Wins Round in Court: A federal judge has ruled that Nike Inc. did not violate a preliminary injunction when its Side 1 fitness shoes appeared in the movie "Father of the Bride." The judge ruled last week that the company's Side 1 logo, the object of a $10-million trademark infringement lawsuit, did not appear in the movie starring Steve Martin and thus did not violate the preliminary injunction won last year by a Pasadena sportswear company. Nike, based in Beaverton, Ore.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2012 | Tiffany Hsu
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.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2012 | By Shan Li
--London has overtaken Dubai as the world's prime shopping destination, according to a new report. The British capital attracts the most retail brands among all the great shopping cities around the globe, according to commercial real estate firm CBRE. Last year, London and Dubai tied for first place and beat out shopping hot spots such as New York, Hong Kong and Paris. CBRE said London draws about 56% of all international brands, with Dubai close behind at 54%. In third place is New York, followed by Moscow, Paris and Hong Kong.
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