Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Liquid Palace v. E Liquid Palace

This is a dispute between two electronic cigarette distributors over the marks “Genie,” Liquid Genie” and “Electric Genie.” Both parties began using their respective trademarks in 2013 and have retail locations approximately six miles apart. This case was removed from the Circuit Court for Floyd County, Indiana.

Liquid Palace, LLC et al v. E Liquid Palace, LLC et al

Court Case Number: 4:14-cv-00051-TWP-WGH
File Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Plaintiff: Liquid Palace, LLC, Robert W. Kaiser, Jr.
Plaintiff Counsel: H. Kevin Eddins, Kevin J. Fiet
Defendant: E Liquid Palace, Austin Simon, Russell Simon
Defendant Counsel: Loren T. Prizant, Robert John Theuerkauf
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Intentional Interference with Prospective Business Advantage, Intentional Interference with Business Relationships, Unfair Competition, Injunctive Relief
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr.

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Best Chairs Incorporated v. Factory Direct Wholesale

Plaintiff, based in Ferdinand, Indiana, sells chairs and other furniture under the BEST CHAIRS trademark. Defendant is allegedly selling competing furniture products under the BESTCHAIR and BEST CHAIR marks. Despite multiple contacts from Plaintiff, Defendant has refused to refrain from selling under the allegedly infringing mark.

Best Chairs Incorporated v. Factory Direct Wholesale, LLC

Court Case Number: 3:14-cv-00067-RLY-WGH
File Date: Wednesday, May 07, 2014
Plaintiff: Best Chairs Incorporated
Plaintiff Counsel: Amy B. Berge of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Defendant: Factory Direct Wholesale, LLC
Cause: Federal Trademark Counterfeiting, Federal Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, False Advertising, False Designation of Origin, State Unfair Competition, Indiana Crime Victims Act
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Richard L. Young
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr.

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates v. Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation

Plaintiff is the owner of the copyright in a model of cultural competency titled “Cultural Competency in Healthcare Delivery: Have I ‘ASKED’ Myself the Right Questions?”. Defendants, teachers for Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, allegedly used a portion of Plaintiff’s model without permission in a PowerPoint presentation entitled “Culturally Competent Classroom Management” (see Exhibit C below).

The PowerPoint presentation was apparently part of New Teacher Orientation materials. While the Complaint doesn’t elaborate, it’s quite possible the Defendants’ use will qualify for a “fair use” exemption from copyright infringement. Copyright Act Section 107 specifically exempts uses of copyrighted works for, among other things, teaching and scholarship. Defendants’ Answer and/or Motion to Dismiss should provide more detailed information about their use of the Plaintiff’s copyrighted work. Stay tuned for updates.

Josepha Campinha-Bacote d/b/a Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates v. Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation et al

Court Case Number: 3:14-cv-00056-RLY-WGH
File Date: Friday, April 18, 2014
Plaintiff: Josepha Campinha-Bacote d/b/a Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates
Plaintiff Counsel: Avonte D. Campinha-Bacote of Campinha-Bacote LLP
Defendant: Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, Dionne Blue, Deborah Hartz
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Richard L. Young
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr.

Complaint:

Exhibit C:

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Union Hospital v. Attachmate Corporation

Plaintiff has been licensing software from Defendant for about 16 years. In response to claims by Defendant that Plaintiff has exceeded the terms of the license (and a corresponding demand for $2 million in compensatory fees/damages), Plaintiff brings this action for declaratory judgment of non-infringement.

Union Hospital, Inc. v. Attachmate Corporation

Court Case Number: 2:14-cv-00045-JMS-WGH
File Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Plaintiff: Union Hospital, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Stephen E. Reynolds, Michael A. Wukmer of Ice Miller LLP
Defendant: Attachmate Corporation
Cause: Declaratory Judgment on Copyright Infringement Claims, Declaratory Judgment on Copyright Infringement Claims for Unregistered Copyrights, Declaratory Judgment on Breach of Contract Claims
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr.

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Windstream Technologies v. Rambo, LLC

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Here’s yet another tale of a dealer relationship gone bad. Plaintiff, a California company operating in North Vernon, Indiana, is a wind turbine manufacturer.  Defendant Rambo, LLC, located in Madison, Indiana, was contracted to provide component parts and act as an authorized dealer of Plaintiff’s products in certain territories.

See the Complaint below for the Plaintiff’s version of how things went wrong. Hopefully for the rest of us these parties can sort their differences soon and get back to providing more wind energy for Indiana.

Stay tuned for updates.

Windstream Technologies, Inc. v. Rambo, LLC et al

Court Case Number: 4:13-cv-00180-SEB-WGH
File Date: Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Plaintiff: Windstream Technologies, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Matthew Wilder Lorch of Lorch Law Office, LLC
Defendant: Rambo, LLC, Rambo Montrow Corporation, Rick Keebler, Does 1 through 10
Cause: Federal Unfair Competition, Passing Off, Trademark Infringement, Breach of Contract, Interference with Contract and Prospective Economic Advantage
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr.

 

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – Microsoft Corporation v. Mister HardDrive

Defendants are alleged to have advertised, marketed, installed, offered and distributed unauthorized copies of Microsoft software after Microsoft warned them of the consequences, infringing Microsoft’s copyrights and trademarks.

Microsoft Corporation v. Mister HardDrive et al

Court Case Number: 4:13-cv-00079-TWP-WGH
File Date: Thursday, June 06, 2013
Plaintiff: Microsoft Corporation
Plaintiff Counsel: James Dimos of Frost Brown Todd LLC
Defendant: Mister Harddrive, Mister HardDrive Wipe and Restore, Mark Cady
Cause: Copyright Infringement, Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin, False Description and Representation, Common Law Unfair Competition, For Imposition of a Constructive Trust Upon Illegal Profits, Accounting
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – XP Innovation v. Ian Smith

This appears to be Indiana’s first “Sponsored” ad case. Anyone who uses Facebook has seen the “Sponsored” ads on the right side of their screen. Those ads are one of the primary ways that Facebook makes money. Similar to the “keyword advertising” cases revolving around Google’s keyword searches, it now appears the time has come to litigate over what constitutes an acceptable use of someone else’s trademark in one of Facebook’s sponsored ads.

Quick summary of the facts:

1. Defendant ran the following Sponsored ad on Facebook:

Dans Comp Ad

2. Clicking the link takes users to a separate website where they complete a survey and enter their name, email and phone number in hopes of winning a free Dan’s Comp bicycle. Due to the prominent use of the Dan’s Comp logo, that website appears to be affiliated with Dan’s Comp (although it is not).

3. Nobody ever wins a bicycle.

4. Dan’s Comp’s reputation is damaged and the consuming public is potentially harmed.

Stay tuned for updates.

XP Innovation LLC v. Ian Smith

Court Case Number: 3:13-cv-00106-RLY-WGH
File Date: Friday, April 12, 2013
Plaintiff: XP Innovation LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Amie P. Carter, Louis T. Perry of Baker & Daniels
Defendant: Ian Smith
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition and False Designation of Origin, False Advertising, Common Law Unfair Competition and Trademark Infringement
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Richard L. Young
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr.

Indiana Copyright Litigation Update – BMI v. Southside II

Broadcast Music Inc. et al v. Southside II Inc. et al

Court Case Number: 3:13-cv-00019-RLY-WGH
File Date: Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Plaintiff: Broadcast Music Inc.Paul Simon MusicConcord Music Group, EMI Unart Catalog Inc., Cyanide Publishing, Sony/ATV Songs LLCSongs of Universal Inc., Escatawpa Songs, Buffalo Prairie Songs, Showbilly Music, EMI Blackwood Music Inc., Jackaboy Songs
Plaintiff Counsel:
Defendant: Southside II Inc., Mary Miller, Todd Miller, Amanda Miller
Cause: Copyright Infringement
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Richard L. Young
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Pocket City Construction & Development Company v. Rick Sepulveda

Pocket City Construction & Development Company, Inc. v. Rick Sepulveda et al

Court Case Number: 3:12-cv-00119-RLY-WGH
File Date: Friday, August 10, 2012
Plaintiff: Pocket City Construction & Development Company, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Gary K. Price of Terrell Baugh Salmon & Born, LLP
Defendant: Rick Sepulveda, Dr. Roof, Inc., Josh McIntyre
Cause: Trademark Infringement, Unfair Competition, Trademark Deceptive Consumer Sales Activities, Common Law Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Judge Richard L. Young
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr

Indiana Trademark Litigation Update – Cosmetic Warriors, Ltd. v. Shannon Bartnick

Cosmetic Warriors, Ltd. v. Shannon Bartnick et al

Court Case Number:    3:12-cv-00035-RLY-WGH
File Date:    Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Plaintiff:     Cosmetic Warriors, Ltd.
Plaintiff Counsel:     William A. McKenna of Woodhard, Emhardt, Moriarity, McNett & Henry, LLP
Defendant:     Shannon Bartnick, Chris Bartnick, John and Jane Does 1-15
Cause:    Federal Trademark Infringement, Federal Unfair Competition, Trademark Deceptive Consumer Sales Activities under Ind. Code 24-5-0.5-1, Common Law Unfair Competition
Court:    Southern District of Indiana
Judge:     Judge Richard L. Young
Referred To: Magistrate Judge William G. Hussmann, Jr