LongHorn Steakhouse Sued By Tiny Texas Rival Over Marks

Law360, New York (May 14, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT) -- LongHorn Steakhouse operator Darden Restaurants Inc. was hit Thursday with a lawsuit in Texas federal court alleging the 370-strong chain is infringing the trademark and confusing the customers of two family-run restaurants in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Louangel Inc., owner of Longhorn Steakhouse Restaurant, claims Darden’s LongHorn chain — which has restaurants in 35 states — has gradually changed its mark since 1995 so that it now closely resembles the mark the Texas restaurant has used since 1989.

“Defendants have progressively moved closer and closer to plaintiffs’...
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