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Legal Brief- Anheuser-Busch, Inc. v. Andy’s Sportswear, Inc

Legal Brief- Anheuser-Busch, Inc. v. Andy s Sportswear,
Inc., 1996
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Case Info
Plaintiff v. Defendant
Case No.
PARTIES: (Plaintiffs)
DEFENDANTS:
STATEMENT OF ISSUES:
ARGUMENTS OF THE PLAINTIFFS:
ARGUMENTS OF THE DEFENSE:
HOLDING OF THE COURT:
RATIONALE:
Case:
ANHEUSER-BUSCH, INC., a Missouri corporation, Plaintiff, vs.
ANDY’S SPORTSWEAR, INC., a California Corporation, Defendant.
DISPOSITION: [*1]
Plaintiff’s request for a Temporary Restraining Order GRANTED.
CASE SUMMARY:
PROCEDURAL POSTURE: Plaintiff sought a temporary restraining
order under the Federal Trademark Dilution Act, 15 U.S.C.S. 1125(c), to
prevent defendant from distributing T-shirts that allegedly diluted plaintiff’s
famous mark.
OVERVIEW: Plaintiff brewing company sought a temporary
restraining order under the Federal Trademark Dilution Act, 15 U.S.C.S.
1125(c), to prevent defendant, a sportswear manufacturer, from distributing
T-shirts that allegedly harmed plaintiff’s famous mark. The court recognized,
and defendant apparently conceded, that plaintiff’s mark was unquestionably
famous. The court also concluded that plaintiff raised serious questions about
the harmful effect of defendant’s T-shirts on plaintiff’s mark, and the court
determined that the balance of hardships tipped in plaintiff’s favor. The court
therefore, pending the preliminary injunction hearing, enjoined defendants from
distributing their T-shirts that purportedly diluted plaintiff’s mark, and also
ordered defendants to recall T-shirts or related products that had already been
distributed.
OUTCOME: Temporary restraining order granted because
plaintiff’s mark was found to be unquestionably famous, plaintiff raised
serious issues regarding dilution of its mark by defendant’s T-shirts, and
balance of hardships tipped in plaintiff’s favor.
CORE TERMS: t-shirts, trademark, preliminary injunction,
dilution, famous, registered trademarks, trade dress, manufacturing,
distributing, unauthorized, designations, putative, artwork, slogans, labels,
logos
JUDGES: THELTON E. HENDERSON, CHIEF JUDGE, UNITED STATES
DISTRICT COURT
OPINION BY: THELTON E. HENDERSON
OPINION
ORDER
This matter came on for hearing on August 26, 1996, on
plaintiff’s application for a Temporary Restraining Order (“TRO”).
Plaintiff Anheuser-Busch, Inc., asks the Court to (1) enjoin Defendant Andy’s
Sportswear, Inc. (“Andy’s”) from manufacturing and distributing its
“Buttwiser” t-shirts and (2) order Andy’s to recall those t-shirts
currently being offered for sale. Having carefully considered the oral and
written arguments of the parties, and the record in this case, the Court hereby
GRANTS plaintiff’s request, for the reasons discussed below.
Plaintiff bases its motion on several federal and state
trademark causes of action. For the purposes of the instant TRO, however, the
Court only addresses plaintiff’s claim under the recently enacted Federal
Trademark Dilution [*2] Act, 15 U.S.C. 1125(c). [HN1] Under the Act, an
injunction may issue if (1) the mark is famous; and (2) the defendant’s use
“causes dilution of the distinctive quality of the mark.” Id. Based
on the record and authorities currently before the it, the Court concludes that
plaintiff is entitled to a TRO under this test.
The Court finds that Plaintiff’s marks are unquestionably
famous, as defendant appears to concede. In addition, the Court finds that
plaintiff has, at the very least, raised serious questions with respect to
whether defendant’s t-shirts will “dilute” these marks, as that term
is defined under 15 U.S.C. 1127. Plaintiff has also established that the
balance of hardships tips sharply in its favor. Accordingly, under, EEOC v.
Recruit U.S.A., Inc., 939 F.2d 746, 752 (9th Cir. 1991), plaintiff is entitled
to injunctive relief.
Pending the hearing on the preliminary injunction, Andy’s,
its successors, officers, agents, employees, and anyone acting in concert with
them or at their behest, are enjoined from manufacturing, screening,
distributing, marketing, displaying, or selling the “Buttwiser”
t-shirts, or any other t-shirts or goods bearing any unauthorized designs, [*3] slogans, labels, designations, logos,
artwork, or putative trademarks similar to Anheuser-Busch’s state and federal
registered trademarks, or the Budweiser(R) trade dress.
The Court further orders that, pending the preliminary
injunction hearing, the above designated parties shall recall and/or remove
from all locations to which they sold or distributed any and all Buttwiser
t-shirts and any other t-shirts or other goods bearing any unauthorized
designs, slogans, labels, designations, logos, artwork, or putative trademarks
similar to Anheuser-Busch’s state and federal registered trademarks, or the
Budweiser(R) trade dress, and to maintain such goods and materials until
further order from the Court.
The above TRO is effective on Plaintiff’s filing an
undertaking in the sum of $ 15,000. The Court will hold a hearing on the
preliminary injunction on Tuesday, September 10, at 3:00 p.m. Defendant’s
opposition shall be filed and served no later than September 3. Plaintiff’s
reply shall be filed and served no later than September 6.
IT IS SO ORDERED. DATED 8/28/96, THELTON E. HENDERSON, CHIEF
JUDGE, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

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