Monster Energy Living Up To Name With TM Suit, Judge Says

Law360, Los Angeles (August 30, 2019, 7:27 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge slammed Monster Energy Co.'s trademark infringement suit against a craft soda company on Friday, saying the products "look nothing alike" and accusing Monster of "trying to crush this root beer company out of business."

At a hearing in downtown Los Angeles, U.S. District Judge André Birotte Jr. questioned Monster Energy’s assertion that people will be confused by Thunder Beast LLC’s “Fight Monsters” slogan on its bottles of root beer and other sodas, saying he’s not convinced that customers will think the sodas are associated with the energy drink company.

Monster Energy’s attorney Matthew S. Bellinger of Knobbe...

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