Famed NYC Deli Forces Competitor To Change Name

By Pete Brush (July 28, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge has signed off on a settlement that protects Katz's Deli, as well as the famed Lower East Side pigout spot's trademarked frankfurters, knockwursts, briskets and other delights, from a Florida restaurateur who sought to launch a copycat.

Defendant Pump-A-Nickel Corp. Inc. made the deal after Katz's Delicatessen of Houston Street Inc. fired off a June 12 lawsuit claiming Sunshine State businessman Charles Re, who allegedly blew off an April cease-and-desist letter, wanted to "unlawfully capitalize" on the famous name as well as the trademarked portfolio of meats.

The agreement, signed by U.S. District Judge Sidney H....

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