Las Vegas is famous for its restaurants. Besides the gambling, nightclubs and shows, one of the things that attract millions of tourists each year is the chance to eat at a top-flight (and top-dollar) restaurant, perhaps one owned by a celebrity chef like Emeril Lagasse or Mario Batali. Even if no big names are behind the restaurant, as in all businesses, a memorable name for the place itself makes a big difference.
Based on the filing of a trademark infringement lawsuit by a Las Vegas casino hotel, a federal judge has issued an injunction ordering a website operated by Marchex Sales Inc. to be shut down. The order was issued June 22 in federal district court in Las Vegas at the request of American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC, the owner of the Stratosphere. Similar business litigation asserting trademark infringement claims were recently filed in Las Vegas by the gaming companies Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Shuffle Master Inc. The Las Vegas Sands lawsuit was reported in our May 4 blog post.
A musical group promoting itself as The Platters in Las Vegas has become the target of a commercial litigation lawsuit. An original member of the band is accusing the group of trademark infringement. The suit was filed during the first week in April, with the original band member suing the musical group, the company that manages its performances, and an individual official with the company.
A company that produces accompaniment tracks for karaoke machines has filed a massive trademark infringement lawsuit against 99 Las Vegas casinos, bars and karaoke jockeys. The suit, filed by Slep-Tone Entertainment Corp., seeks $500 million for what the company says is the regular use of its tracks without permission.
It appears that Dal Toro, the classic car show/restaurant company, has been stopped in its tracks by a lawsuit filed by Italian car maker Lamborghini. The company, which has a location on the Las Vegas Strip, has settled the suit and agreed to stop using a logo similar to Lamborghini's bull-in-shield design to promote itself.
A legendary rock 'n' roll club in Liverpool, England is suing the owners of the Hard Rock Café chain of restaurants over the use of its name. The copyright infringement lawsuit, filed in Las Vegas, accuses some of the Hard Rock locations of using the club's name, Cavern Club, without its permission. But the Seminole Indian Tribe, which owns the business that controls the restaurants, says it has the right to use the name in the U.S.
Everyone in Las Vegas has heard of Shaquille O'Neal. The long-time basketball player and former Phoenix Sun has recently had to deal with an off-the-court challenge, a trademark infringement lawsuit. O'Neal recently won his lawsuit against an online sports apparel and collectible store.
The owners of Miles Davis's trademarks are protective of those trademarks and do not want to see them lose their value through other people's eagerness to associate themselves with the pioneering jazz musician. According to Bloomberg, the Miles Davis Properties LLC is suing a jazz club called Miles' Club for trademark infringement.
Last week, a federal judge ruled that Louboutin could not stop Yves Saint Laurent from making its own red-soled shoes. Red-soled shoes are a trademark of high-end shoe designer Christian Louboutin. When people see the red-soled shoes they think "Louboutin" and in 2008 Louboutin secured a trademark for the red soles from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.