Bulleit Bourbon Owner Can't Knock Out Trademark Suit Yet

Law360, San Francisco (January 6, 2016, 6:30 PM EST) -- A California federal judge said Wednesday he's unlikely to throw out a lawsuit accusing Bulleit bourbon owner Diageo North America of infringing liquor distributor Allied Lomar's "Stitzel" trademark, saying Allied's complaint includes enough information for him to be "concerned" about the allegations.

U.S. District Court Judge James Donato said in San Francisco court that he isn't ready to end Allied's trademark suit, which claims Diageo's Blade and Bow whiskey labels and its Stitzel-Weller distillery infringe registered trademarks on the term Stitzel.

"I'm going to let it go forward. I think it's too early to cut off their access to the courts,"...

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