Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – NextEra Energy v. Nextra Technologies

Plaintiff is one of the largest electric power companies in North America and owns 167 trademark registrations including its “NextEra” mark. Defendant recently began to market, manufacture, import, distribute, license and/or sell energy products and services—including wind turbine components, solar panels, lithium batteries, and integrated new energy systems – under the name Nextra.

NextEra Energy Inc v. Nextra Technologies LLC

Court Case Number: 3:14-cv-01941
File Date: Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Plaintiff: NextEra Energy Inc
Plaintiff Counsel: Matthew Farley of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Defendant: Nextera Technologies LLC
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, Federal Unfair Competition, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein

Complaint:

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Chanel v. Chanel’s Salon

From the Complaint: “Chanel recognizes the fact that “Chanel” is the first name of Defendant Chanel Jones. But this suit is not about Ms. Jones’ ability to use her name to identify herself. Ms. Jones is using CHANEL as a trade name for a beauty business and commercially exploiting the name CHANEL. There is no absolute right to exploit one’s given name commercially if such use is inconsistent with Chanel’s rights. In this case, Ms. Jones is not using her entire name but is instead only using that part of her name that copies Chanel’s famous CHANEL trademark. Ms. Jones’ use began long after the CHANEL mark was registered and became famous, and Ms. Jones’ use is in connection with services related to those offered by Chanel.”

Chanel, Inc. v. Chanel’s Salon LLC et al

Court Case Number: 2:14-cv-00304
File Date: Friday, August 29, 2014
Plaintiff: Chanel, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Gregory A Neibarger
Defendant: Chanel’s Salon LLC, Chanel Jones
Cause: Federal Trademark Dilution, Federal Trademark Infringement, Federal Unfair Competition, State Unfair Competition, State Trademark Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Theresa L. Springmann
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Paul R. Cherry

Complaint:

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Rieke Corporation v. Riekes Packaging Corporation

Since as least as early as June 2000, Plaintiff, based in Auburn, Indiana, has continuously used the RIEKE PACKAGING SYSTEMS® trademark in connection with Plaintiff’s dispensing systems and closures. Around 2012, Defendant began using the RIEKES PACKAGING CORPORATION name in connection with glass bottles, plastic bottles, plastic closures, caps, metalclosures, dispensing closures and systems. Plaintiff has brought this lawsuit seeking damages and injunctive relief.

Rieke Corporation v. Riekes Packaging Corporation

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00241-PPS-RBC
File Date: Thursday, August 07, 2014
Plaintiff: Rieke Corporation
Plaintiff Counsel: Kurt N. Jones of Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP
Defendant: Riekes Packaging Corporation
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey

Wounded Warrior lawsuit against Indiana Veteran transferred to Northern District

This case transferred in to the Northern District of Indiana from the Southern District based on venue considerations.

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00075-PPS-CAN
File Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Plaintiff: Wounded Warrior Project Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: John P. Passarelli, Maggie L. Cox, Matthew S. Noren of Kutak Rock LLP, Jessica M. Lindemann of Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Defendant: Help Indiana Vets Inc., Dean M. Graham
Cause: Trademark Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein
Notes: Case transferred in from Southern District of Indiana; Case Number 1:13-cv-01857

Indiana Cybersquatting Litigation Update – Rieth-Riley Construction v. Superior Asphalt

Plaintiff and Defendant are competitors in the asphalt manufacturing, supplying, paving and maintenance business. Defendant purchased the domain name Rieth-Riley.net, which includes Plaintiff’s registered trademark, and used that domain name to direct traffic to their own website, SuperiorAsphalt.com. Defendant also offered to sell the domain name to Plaintiff for $10,000.

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Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc. v. Jeffrey Kresnak et al

Court Case Number: 3:14-cv-00280-RL-CAN
File Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Plaintiff: Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: D. Michael Anderson of Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Defendant: Jeffrey Kresnak, Superior Asphalt, Inc.
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Cyberpiracy
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Rudy Lozano
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Al Reasonover v. Solarium

This is a trademark dispute over the mark “Tiki Tan” as used in connection with tanning salons. Both Plaintiff and Defendant are located in Indiana.

Al Reasonover v. Solarium LLC et al

Court Case Number: 3:14-cv-00235-PPS-CAN
File Date: Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Plaintiff: Al Reasonover
Plaintiff Counsel: Frank J. Agostino – Attorney at Law
Defendant: Solarium LLC, Solarium Bittersweet LLC
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Injunctive Relief, Common Law Unfair Competition
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Countryman Nevada v. Does 1-16

They’re back! Just when you thought the BitTorrent download cases had stopped in Indiana, Nicoletti is back with a new lawsuit involving “Charlie Countryman,” a film starring Shia LaBeouf, Rupert Grint and Evan Rachel Wood. The film was released November 15, 2013 in the United States to largely negative reviews. Having failed at the box office, the producers have apparently turned to lawyers to recoup some of their costs from the 16 Hoosiers unlucky enough to have (allegedly) downloaded the film.

Countryman Nevada LLC v. Does 1-16

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00019-RLM-RBC
File Date: Friday, January 24, 2014
Plaintiff: Countryman Nevada LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Paul J. Nicoletti of Nicoletti & Associates PLLC
Defendant: Does 1-16
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr.
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Granite Ridge Builders v. Ed Hollis et al

Here is yet another case involving misappropriated architectural drawings. Home builders, you should know by now that architectural drawings are protected by copyright law. If there’s a floor plan you really like, just pay for it! The price is beans (approx. $700-1500) against the cost of building a home.

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Granite Ridge Builders Inc v. Ed Hollis et al

Court Case Number: 1:14-cv-00007-TLS-RBC
File Date: Monday, January 13, 2014
Plaintiff: Granite Ridge Builders Inc
Plaintiff Counsel: Thomas B. Trent, Susan E. Trent, Mark W. Baeverstad of Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP
Defendant: Ed Hollis, Sharon A. Miller, Old Dutch Homes Corp., Edward L. Kouder
Cause: Copyright Infringement, Contributory Copyright Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Theresa L Springmann
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Roger B Cosbey

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – National Photo Group v. Federated Media et al

This litigation involves the unauthorized use of celebrity photographs on a Fort Wayne country radio station’s website.

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The lawsuit should serve as a reminder/warning to everyone operating a commercial website to only use photographs that:

  1. You own; or
  2. You have permission to use; or
  3. Are in the public domain.

This means going back through old pages and posts and removing/replacing unauthorized images. Failure to do this can result in expensive copyright litigation. If you have any questions about the photographs on your site, err on the side of caution and remove them until you’re able to properly determine ownership.

National Photo Group LLC v. Federated Media Inc. et al

Court Case Number: 3:13-cv-01405-PPS-CAN
File Date: Thursday, December 26, 2013
Plaintiff: National Photo Group LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Craig B. Sanders of Sanders Law PLLC
Defendant: Federated Media Inc., WQHK-FM
Cause: Direct Copyright Infringement, Contributory Copyright Infringement, Vicarious Copyright Infringement, Inducement of Copyright Infringement, Injunction, Attorney Fees and Costs
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – TCYK LLC v. Does 1-19

This is the first download case in Indiana in a few months.  It involves the movie The Company You Keep, starring Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Shia LaBeouf and Nick Nolte. There’s a different plaintiff and attorney than the Malibu Media cases.

TCYK LLC v. Does 1-19

Court Case Number: 2:13-cv-00320-RLM-PRC
File Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Plaintiff: TCYK LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Keith A. Vogt of Takiguchi & Vogt
Defendant: Does 1-19
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr.
Referred To: Magistrate Judge Paul R. Cherry

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