September 4, 1991 |
What Marie McBrien had in mind was having some fun with ghouls, ghosts, long-legged beasts and other things that go bump in the night. And the prospect of big money. Instead, she got nasty letters, a lawsuit and disputes that get dumped into federal court. And she's spending a lot of money on lawyers. McBrien's firm, Point Pleasant Canoe Rental & Sales Inc. of Bucks County, is best known for its summertime business of sending people down the Delaware River in inner tubes.
June 24, 1992 |
Michael Alexandru, owner of Philadelphia's Pizza Station, flipped more than a pizza crust yesterday when he received notice that Little Caesar's, the national pizza chain, had sued him for trademark infringement. Little Caesar Enterprises Inc., of Detroit, which operates some of its stores under the name Little Caesar's Pizza Station filed suit in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia on Friday, claiming Alexandru's restaurant infringes on its trademark. "Here we are trying to make a living and a giant is trying to step on us," said Alexandru, owner of the Pizza Station on West Wyoming Avenue in the city's Feltonville section.
April 28, 1999 |
With no name, does Reji and Sara Abraham's convenience store exist? With no name, will it smell as sweet? The No Name Food Store on Springfield Road was christened Monday night after the Abrahams were given a final order by a federal judge April 8 to abandon their store's former name - 7-Heaven - because it infringed on the trademark of 7-Eleven. "It's a new life," said Reji Abraham yesterday, happy about the end of a legal battle that began in October 1996, when Southland Corp.
May 14, 1994 |
SmithKline Beecham announced yesterday that it had settled a patent and trademark-infringement lawsuit filed against two companies over Tagamet, SmithKline's peptic ulcer medicine. SmithKline filed the lawsuit earlier this week in federal court in Philadelphia, naming as defendants Novopharm USA, a pharmaceuticals manufacturer, and Schein Pharmaceutical Inc., which has agreed to distribute Novopharm's generic cimetidine tablets. Cimetidine is the active component of Tagamet. "We are pleased with this outcome, and we will continue to protect our rights when necessary," said Jerry Karabelas, president of SmithKline Beecham Pharmaceuticals-North America.
October 31, 2000 |
The Mount Laurel manufacturer of the Super Soaker squirt gun is dripping with anger over what it says is a blatant knockoff of its product. Larami Ltd., a Hasbro subsidiary that also makes several Nerf products, filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Friday, alleging trademark infringement of the Super Soaker by the Odd Job Trading Corp. of Columbus, Ohio, and distributor Oxford Products of North Jersey. Al Davis, executive vice president of Larami, said a Larami employee noticed an imitation Super Soaker at a South Jersey discount store owned by Odd Job about 10 days ago. According to the lawsuit, the squirt gun was being marketed as the Super Squirt and was distributed by Oxford Products.
September 4, 2013 |
"SUBLIMINAL confusion. " "Irreparable harm. " "Tortious acts. " At times, a lawsuit filed by Chickie's and Pete's parent company, CPC Properties Inc., sounds more like a document on mind control than a case of trademark infringement. But in a ruling handed down late last month, a federal judge determined that a Philadelphia pizza shop had infringed on the restaurant chain's trademarked Crabfries by placing a picture of a crab on their menus and ads next to the word "fries. " However, the judge denied Chickie's and Pete's claims of unjust enrichment, which would have allowed the chain to seek restitution against Tony's Place, the pizzeria in question on Frankford Avenue near Stirling Street in Mayfair.
February 13, 2015 |
Oops! The catchy name selected for the city's new bike-sharing program, "Indego," is a registered trademark of a Cleveland company, which says it will investigate if it should try to block Philadelphia from using the name. Mayor Nutter unveiled the $16 million bike-share program Wednesday at a City Hall event. The Indego name was designed to celebrate the $8.5 million contribution to the program by Independence Blue Cross, combining "independence" and "go. " The name and an accompanying logo are to be prominently displayed on 600 bikes and 60 docking stations around the city when the program is launched in the spring.
October 19, 2006 |
Here's a lawsuit with some meat to it. Pat's King of Steaks, the South Philadelphia sandwich emporium, has taken its beef with Rick's Original Steaks to U.S. District Court. In a filing Monday, Pat's alleges trademark infringement, trademark dilution and unfair competition. It contends Rick's is confusing people by unfairly using its trademarks "Pat's Steaks," "Pat's King of Steaks," and crown logo at Rick's Reading Terminal Market and Citizens Bank Park operations. The suit, seeking unspecified damages, mentions the May 23 interview of Rick's Steaks owner Rick Olivieri on NBC's Today, in which Pat's was referenced.
December 15, 1987 |
American Express accused three sex novelty companies yesterday of hitting below the belt. The financial services company said in a Manhattan Federal Court suit that the firms tarnished the American Express image by peddling a "sleazy" greeting card containing a condom and the phrase, "Never Leave Home Without It. " The look-alike card is fashioned in slick green-and-white cardboard in the same shape and size as the American Express credit...
April 23, 2012 |
Steak-umm, a national brand of thinly-sliced frozen steak, has lost its trademark infringement fight against local restaurant chain Steak 'Em Up in a David and Goliath battle of the steak world that's played out over the last three years in federal court. In 2009, Steak-umm filed the suit against Michael Lane, owner of Steak 'Em Up, which has locations in South Philly, Old City, Collingdale and Ridley Park. Steak-umm claimed that the name of Lane's store was trying to capitalize off Steak-umm's national brand and that it would confuse consumers.