Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Hospitality International v. Indiana Hospitality Real Estate & Management

Plaintiff, Hospitality International Inc., offers franchise opportunities for hotel and motel owners. They own the rights to 5 brands, including Red Carpet Inn, Passport Inn, Master Hosts Inns, Downtowner Inns and the subject of this lawsuit, Scottish Inns. Defendant has allegedly been operating under the Scottish Inns brand without authorization since 2009. Defendant’s predecessor-in-interest had a license agreement (see below) but Defendant never entered into an agreement and allegedly owe back-royalties of around $29,000. After Defendant failed to timely respond to Plaintiff’s cease-and-desist letter (see below), this lawsuit was filed, claiming trademark infringement and unjust enrichment.

Stay tuned for updates.

Hospitality International Inc. v. Indiana Hospitality Real Estate & Management LLC

Court Case Number: 1:12-cv-00998-WTL-MJD
File Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Plaintiff: Hospitality International Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Michael R. Franceschini of Ayres Carr & Sullivan PC
Defendant: Indiana Hospitality Real Estate & Management LLC
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Unjust Enrichment
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge William T. Lawrence
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Mark J. Dinsmore

Complaint:

License Agreement:

Cease & Desist Letter:

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