Godzilla Creator Attacks Brewery Over 'Mechahopzilla' Beer

Law360, Los Angeles (September 06, 2013, 6:45 PM ET) -- Japanese entertainment company Toho Co. Ltd. hit New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Co. LLC with a lawsuit in Louisiana federal court Friday, saying NOLA’s “Mechahopzilla” beer violates Toho’s intellectual property for the famed Japanese monster Godzilla's mechanized counterpart Mechagodzilla.

Toho claims NOLA unlawfully attempted to take advantage of the popularity and public recognition achieved by Toho’s fictional characters for the purpose of attracting attention to itself and its beer brand. According to the suit, NOLA's name infringes Toho's trademarks, and the brewery's packaging and advertising...
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Case Information

Case Title

Toho Co., Ltd. v. New Orleans Lager & Ale Brewing Company, LLC

Case Number

2:13-cv-05750

Court

Louisiana Eastern

Nature of Suit

Trademark

Judge

Martin L.C. Feldman

Date Filed

September 6, 2013

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