Texas Sues Writer Over ‘Don’t Mess With Texas’ Novel

Law360, San Diego (August 23, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT) -- The Texas Department of Transportation on Friday launched a trademark infringement and unfair competition suit seeking to bar an author and several book retailers, including Barnes & Noble Inc., from selling a romance novel called “Don’t Mess With Texas.”

The state agency, which owns the trademark to the slogan that was coined as part of an anti-litter campaign, targets Houston writer Christie Craig as well as Barnes & Noble, Hachette Book Group USA and Grand Central Publishing, claiming they purposefully sought to copy the mark and...
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