Bedding companies in neighboring counties both claim BAMBOO LUXURY trademark

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Pillow fight! This trademark lawsuit involves the trademark BAMBOO LUXURY in connection with bedding and other household textiles.

bed sheets, bedspreads, bath mats, blankets, comforters, coverlets, curtains, duvets, duvet covers, furniture protectors, mattress pads, pillowcases, pillow shams, quilts, shams, sheets, sheet sets and throws

Plaintiff, located in Steuben County, Indiana, has used its registered trademark BAMBOO LUXURY since April 2015. An intent-to-use application had been filed with the USPTO in June 2014.

Defendant, located in neighboring LaGrange County, Indiana, uses the same trademark in connection with sheets. It is not clear when Defendant began using the trademark, although Plaintiff asserts that it is the senior user.

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Stay tuned for updates. This one could get dirty.

Duke Imports Inc. v. All That Jazz Trading LLC

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-00160-TLS-SLC
File Date: Monday, May 16, 2016
Plaintiff: Duke Imports Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: James A. McEntarfer
Defendant: All That Jazz Trading LLC
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Theresa L. Springmann
Referred To: Susan L. Collins

Complaint:

Today’s Richard Bell copyright targets…Marian University, a business brokerage, 2 real estate firms and a moving company

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Proving that he’s neither superstitious nor a resting man, Richard Bell has filed five more copyright infringement lawsuits, two on Friday the 13th and three on Saturday. No rest for the wicked…at least those wicked enough to find Mr. Bell’s Indianapolis skyline photo on Google Images and use it on their website without permission.

Today’s targets include Marian University, a business brokerage, 2 real estate firms and a moving company.

Use the “Richard Bell” tag at left to find his other litigation.

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Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-01197-SEB-MJD
File Date:
Friday, May 13, 2016
Plaintiff:
Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel:
Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant: Sunbelt Business Advisors of Indiana
Cause: Copyright Infringement, Unfair Competition
Court
Southern District of Indiana
Judge: 
Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To
Mark J. Dinsmore

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-01199-SEB-MJD
File Date: 
Friday, May 13, 2016
Plaintiff: 
Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel
Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant:
Marian University, Inc.
Cause
Copyright Infringement, Unfair Competition
Court
Southern District of Indiana
Judge: 
Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To
Mark J. Dinsmore

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-01207-SEB-MJD
File Date:
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Plaintiff: 
Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel
Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant:
Vivona & Peyton
Cause
Copyright Infringement, Unfair Competition
Court
Southern District of Indiana
Judge
: Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To
: Mark J. Dinsmore

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-01208-TWP-MPB
File Date:
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Plaintiff: 
Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel
Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant:
Top Class Moving, Inc.
Cause
Copyright Infringement, Unfair Competition
Court
Southern District of Indiana
Judge:
Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To
Matthew P. Brookman

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-01209-SEB-DML
File Date:
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Plaintiff: 
Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel
Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant:
Profusion 360
Cause
Copyright Infringement, Unfair Competition
Court
Southern District of Indiana
Judge: 
Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To
Debra McVicker Lynch

Representative Complaint:

Richard Bell sues Forensics Expert over use of Indianapolis skyline photo

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It’s official…this being the third day in a row of him filing copyright lawsuits, we have another Richard Bell litigation spree! It had been awhile but Mr. Bell is apparently making up for lost time. Stay tuned to this blog over the next few days as we find out just how many people unwittingly used Mr. Bell’s Indianapolis skyline photographs.

In this action, Mr. Bell is suing a forensics consultant/trainer from Kansas City who used a skyline photo on his company’s website back in 2014.

Use the “Richard Bell” tag at left to find his other litigation.

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Richard N. Bell v. Maloney

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-01193-RLY-DML
File Date: Thursday, May 12, 2016
Plaintiff: Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel: Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant: Michael Maloney
Cause: Copyright Infringement, Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Richard L. Young
Referred To: Debra McVicker Lynch

Complaint:

Richard Bell sues Real Estate Company over use of Indianapolis skyline photo

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Use the “Richard Bell” tag at left to find other similar litigation involving these Indianapolis skyline photographs.

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Richard N. Bell v. Carmen Commercial Real Estate Services

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-01174-TWP-MPB
File Date: Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Plaintiff: Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel: Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant: Carmen Commercial Real Estate Services
Cause: Copyright Infringement, Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Matthew P. Brookman

Complaint:

Richard Bell files two more lawsuits over Indianapolis skyline photos

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Somehow there are still people out there using Richard Bell’s Indianapolis skyline photos on their website, despite years of reporting about it here on this blog!

This time around, Mr. Bell’s photos have snared a lawyer and an IT staffing firm.

People, don’t use Richard Bell’s Indianapolis skyline photos! He WILL sue you.

Indianapolis Skyline but NOT Richard Bell's Indianapolis Skyline

Use the “Richard Bell” tag at left to view his past lawsuits.

Bell v. TeamSoft, Inc.

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-01159-SEB-DML
File Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Plaintiff: Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel: Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant: TeamSoft, Inc.
Cause: Copyright Infringement, Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To: Debra McVicker Lynch

Bell v. Patrick

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-01160-TWP-DML
File Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Plaintiff: Richard N. Bell
Plaintiff Counsel: Richard N. Bell of Bell Law Firm
Defendant: Michael F.S. Patrick
Cause: Copyright Infringement, Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Tanya Walton Pratt
Referred To: Debra McVicker Lynch

Representative Complaint:

Trademark lawsuit filed over HYDRAPURE (pipe fittings) vs. HYPERPURE (plumbing pipes)

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This lawsuit arises out of Defendant’s allegedly infringing use of the HYPERPURE mark in violation of Plaintiff’s registered trademark HYDRAPURE®.

Plaintiff uses its trademark in connection with pipe fittings and related parts. Defendant uses its trademark in connection with plumbing pipes.
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NIBCO Inc. v. Legend Valve & Fitting, Inc.

Court Case Number: 3:16-cv-00275-JVB-CAN
File Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
Plaintiff: NIBCO Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Matthew J. Gipson of Price Heneveld LLP
Defendant: Legend Valve & Fitting, Inc.
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, Federal Unfair Competition, False Designation of Origin, Common Law Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition, Federal Trademark Dilution
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Joseph S. Van Bokkelen
Referred To: Christopher A. Nuechterlein

Complaint:

Klipsch sues eBay Seller for Unauthorized Sale of Speakers

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Klipsch, manufacturer of high-end audio speakers, is suing an eBay seller, HumanAudio, for unauthorized sales of its speakers.

In addition to selling “brand new” Klipsch speakers at discounted prices, the defendant is also accused of removing and replacing serial numbers, thus voiding any Klipsch warranty for the unwary end customer. Allowing an unauthorized licensor to continue with discounted sales undermines authorized distributors who must contractually maintain higher prices. Pressure from both authorized distributors and customers left without a warranty essentially forces legal action from Klipsch in this situation.

HumanAudio’s Klipsch speaker sales appear to continue unabated. Stay tuned for updates.

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Klipsch Group, Inc. v. Steve Myers d/b/a HumanAudio

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-01034-WTL-MPB
File Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Plaintiff: Klipsch Group, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Dean E. McConnell of Indiano & McConnell LLC
Defendant: Steve Myers d/b/a HumanAudio
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, Federal Unfair Competition
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: William T. Lawrence
Referred To: Matthew P. Brookman

Complaint:

Race Car Trailer Manufacturer battles RV Maker over EDGE Trademark

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Universal Trailer Cargo Group (“UTC”) manufactures and sells race car trailers using the trademarks EDGE PRO and EDGE CLASSIC. They own a registration for THE EDGE in connection with “towage storage trailers.”

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Since 2010, Heartland Recreational Vehicles (“Heartland”) has sold recreational vehicles, namely, fifth wheel toy haulers using the trademark EDGE. (Here’s a video for those who aren’t familiar with toy haulers.)

Heartland has filed a federal application for EDGE in connection with “recreational vehicles, namely fifth wheels; recreational vehicles, namely toy haulers; recreational vehicles, namely travel trailers.”

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UTC subsequently opposed Heartland’s trademark application and threatened trademark litigation against Heartland.

In order to litigate on their home turf and increase the chance of finding a judge who understands the difference between a car trailer and a recreational vehicle, Heartland filed this lawsuit in the Northern District of Indiana (which includes Elkhart, the RV Capital of the World) seeking a declaratory judgment of non-infringement of UTC’s trademarks. Stay tuned for updates.

 

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC v. Universal Trailer Cargo Group, Inc.

Court Case Number: 3:16-cv-00255-TLS-CAN
File Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2016
Plaintiff: Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: Ryan M. Fountain
Defendant: Universal Trailer Cargo Group, Inc.
Cause: Declaratory Judgment of Non-Infringement
Court: Northern District of Indiana
Judge: Theresa L. Springmann
Referred To: Christopher A. Nuechterlein

Complaint:

Coop v. Co-op phonetic similarity fuels trademark dispute

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Plaintiff is a farmer owned cooperative which operates an oil exploration, production, refining, and marketing company. They have used their registered CO-OP trademark since at least 1991.

Defendant is a fuel company called Coop (pronounced Co-op) Fuels. They were first contacted by Plaintiff two weeks ago regarding their confusingly similar trademark and, apparently, did not act quickly enough to change their name.

Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 12.38.25 PMNote the Defendant’s website is currently down and its Facebook page has announced “big changes coming,” so perhaps a name change is already underway. Stay tuned for updates.

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Countrymark Refining and Logistics, LLC v. Coop Fuels, Inc.

Court Case Number: 1:16-cv-00972-SEB-MPB
File Date: Friday, April 29, 2016
Plaintiff: Countrymark Refining and Logistics, LLC
Plaintiff Counsel: David K. Herzog, Amie Peele Carter, Louis T. Perry of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Defendant: Coop Fuels, Inc.
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Unfair Competition, Contributory Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition, Deception, Conversion, Indiana Crime Victim’s Relief Act
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Sarah Evans Barker
Referred To: Matthew P. Brookman

Complaint:

Jasper-based Kimball International files lawsuit to enforce KIMBALL trademark

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Plaintiff, Kimball International, Inc., has been selling furniture under the KIMBALL trademark since 1970. Plaintiff owns several trademark registrations, including the following:

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According to the Complaint (below), it was recently brought to Plaintiff’s attention that Defendant, a California-based furniture importer and distributor, had also begun selling “KIMBALL” furniture through its own website and retail partners.

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A cease-and-desist letter was sent by Plaintiff on March 29, 2016, apparently to no effect. Stay tuned for updates.

KIMBALL INTERNATIONAL, INC. v. COA, INC.

Court Case Number: 3:2016-cv-00054 840
File Date: Monday, April 25, 2016
Plaintiff: Kimball International, Inc.
Plaintiff Counsel: Louis T. Perry of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Defendant: COA, Inc. d/b/a Coaster Company of America
Cause: Federal Trademark Infringement, False Designation of Origin, Contributory Trademark Infringement, Common Law Unfair Competition, Deception, Conversion, Indiana Crime Victim’s Relief Act
Court: Southern District of Indiana
Judge: Richard L. Young
Referred To: Michael P. Brookman

Complaint:

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