Rivals, TM Experts Urge Justices To Hear Jack Daniel's Case

By Bill Donahue (October 19, 2020, 9:12 PM EDT) -- Food giants, spirits rivals and intellectual property experts are all throwing their support behind Jack Daniel's at the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the justices to tackle a lawsuit over the balance between trademark law and the First Amendment.

In six amicus briefs filed Monday, a slew of interested parties asked the high court to grant certiorari to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling in March that afforded greater legal leeway to a parody dog toy called "Bad Spaniels" that mimicked a Jack Daniel's bottle.

In one brief, the Campbell Soup Co. warned the justices that the ruling's damage would be far broader...

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