American Express Sued Over Trademark

Law360, New York (January 31, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- A rival of American Express Co.’s small business division has filed a trademark infringement lawsuit claiming the finance giant fraudulently won a mark that devastated the plaintiff’s once-thriving company.

The lawsuit, filed by Small Business Network Inc., accuses American Express of illegally withholding knowledge of the plaintiff’s corporate name when it trademarked “Open: The Small Business Network.”

Filed on Jan. 22 in federal court for California’s Southern District, the suit also accuses American Express of unfair competition under the Lanham Act and unfair business practices under...
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