Monthly Archive: March 2008

A district court in Georgia has found that a political activist’s use of the term “WAL-OCAUST” coupled with Wal-Mart’s familiar smiley face and recognizable letter and typeface style is fair use. Defendant sells t-shirts, buttons and other merchandise containing the WAL-OCAST trademark to protest what he believes to be Wal-Mart’s massive contribution to unemployment and …

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A U.S. District Court in Nevada granted Plaintiff Paradise Canyon’s motion for preliminary injunction against Defendant Integra Investments for Integra’s advertising of its resort properties. The court found Defendant attempted to lure consumers into buying homes by creating a false impression of association with Plaintiff’s famous Wolf Creek Golf Club. Paradise Canyon owns and operates …

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Reuters is reporting that the well-known rock band Smashing Pumpkins has filed suit against Virgin Records, claiming that the record company sullied its image by associating it with a Pepsi/Amazon promotion. According to the law suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, March 24, 2008, the band claims Virgin used the band’s name, …

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