Sanctions Fight Ends In Madonna TM Row After Atty Switch

By Alex Wolf (July 24, 2015, 2:32 PM EDT) -- The trademark dispute between Madonna's Hard Candy Fitness LLC and cosmetics maker Hard Candy LLC turned a corner Friday as a federal judge approved a joint stipulation to drop lingering requests for discovery sanctions a week after Madonna's company switched counsel from Rubinstein Law PC to Rutan & Tucker LLP.

The joint stipulation to drop cross-motions for sanctions, filed Thursday, indicated that counsel for the parties, disputing the use of trademarks in Madonna's boutique workout studios and DVDs, "further conferred and agreed to jointly withdraw the motions" after attorneys from Rubinstein Law were replaced by three attorneys from Rutan & Tucker's...

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