The Star Press: “Morton’s vs. Morton’s Fizzled“:
When Ty Morton opened Morton’s Pub & Grub in downtown Muncie last October, the new restaurateur quickly received a letter from the Morton’s of Chicago steakhouse chain, threatening legal action over supposed infringement of the eatery’s name.
Morton, noting he was only using his own name, was defiant. In the weeks that followed, Morton and attorneys for the Chicago steakhouse communicated via letters.
But Morton said last week that the company’s complaint eventually faded away.
Funeral home disolves, funeral director may or may not have agreed to not use his name pursuant to a non-compete clause, uses his name with new funeral home, old funeral home uses his name, lawsuit.
Nieberg et al v. Nieberg Midwood Chapel Inc., 08 CV 00392 (SDNY Jan 16 2008).
Previous surname cases here.
Friend of the Blog Pam emails us to point out that the funeral home industry uses interesting slogans.
Via The Smoking Gun, we learn that The Donald is opposing his ex-wife Ivana’s trademark application for IVANA TRUMP. You’d have thought the divorce settlement would have envisioned this. HT Eric.
Possibly relevant Trademark Blog post from 2002 on the ‘sacred right to use one’s own name.’ There’s a typo in it that I can no longer correct.