H&R Block Hits AmEx With Suit Over Celeb Ad

Law360, New York (August 1, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- H&R Block Services Inc. sued American Express Co. for infringement on Thursday, saying AmEx's cheeky television ad, featuring celebrities Beyonce Knowles and Ellen DeGeneres, infringes the tax giant's trademarked “My People Campaign.”

In the civil action filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, H&R Block alleges that American Express began running the ad with full knowledge of H&R Block's trademark rights.

H&R Block's television, radio and billboard ads – part of a critically acclaimed national campaign – claim the tax firm's...
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