Online Game Cos. Clash Over 'Mafia Wars' Rights

Law360, New York (August 25, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT) -- Online game developer Digital Chocolate Inc. has accused rival Zynga Game Network Inc. of violating its trademark rights for the "Mafia Wars" game and scheming to usurp the mark while marketing its own popular gangster games of the same name.

The complaint, lodged Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Zynga has not only confused consumers by spawning its own "Mafia Wars" game but tried to fraudulently trademark the name, going so far as to sue another company for...
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