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Hooters Loses Trade Dress Suit Vs. Rival Restaurant Chain

Law360 (December 4, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- A Florida restaurant chain that features female staff dressed in skimpy outfits did not infringe on the trade dress of the Hooters chain, a federal judge has ruled.

In a directed verdict, Judge Anne Conway of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida in Orlando, ruled against Hooters on all counts. The jury for the trial then awarded Winghouse $1.2 million in counterclaim damages.

Hooters, which had accused the rival restaurant of trade dress infringement and unfair competition, claimed Winghouse stole the proprietary...
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