NYC's Webster Hall Sues Landlord Over Trademark Rights

Law360, New York (March 7, 2017, 6:17 PM EST) -- The operator of New York City rock venue Webster Hall is locked in a legal dispute with the building's owner over the trademark rights to the name, according to a new lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court.

Webster Hall Entertainment Corp., which has leased the building since 1992, filed a declaratory judgment suit Tuesday claiming building owner Unity Gallega East 11th Street LLC effectively threatened to sue for infringement last month unless the operator began paying licensing fees to use the name.

The historic structure, built in 1886, was called "Webster Hall" for decades, but according to the lawsuit, Unity Gallega...

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