Miami Club Used Rival’s Name For July 4th Party, Suit Says

Law360, New York (September 17, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT) -- Fort Lauderdale, Fla., club America’s Backyard on Monday sued Miami Beach rival The Clevelander in Florida federal court, claiming The Clevelander infringed its trademark with its “America’s Backyard” Fourth of July party.

America’s Backyard claims The Clevelander violated The Lanham Act by using the club’s trade name and dress in its promotional and advertising materials for the Independence Day party and says the infringement has caused significant financial injury.

The Fort Lauderdale establishment is suing for damages in excess of $75,000, excluding interest and attorneys' fees....
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