USOC Wants Suit Over Olympic Marks Tossed

Law360, New York (September 7, 2016, 3:53 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Olympic Committee on Tuesday urged a Minnesota federal court to toss a lawsuit by a carpet cleaning company that alleged the committee's claimed trademarks for Olympics-related hashtags and phrases on social media chills free speech, arguing that there is no real dispute since the company never attempted to use the marks itself.

The company HSK LLC, a Minnesota-based Zerorez carpet cleaning franchisee, filed the suit on the eve of the Rio 2016 Olympics seeking clarity on whether it could discuss the games on the company's social media accounts, despite not being an offiicial Olympic sponsor. The suit alleged the...

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