Olympic Committee Kills Suit On Social Media Trademark Ban

Law360, New York (April 5, 2017, 7:24 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Olympic Committee has won the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging the group's notoriously strict trademark policies — a case that a federal judge said could only be filed after an actual threat of litigation.

The operator of a Minnesota carpet cleaner called Zerorez had sued the USOC just before last summer's Rio Games, claiming that the committee had "exaggerated the strength" of its trademark rights with warnings that nonsponsors could be sued if they even mentioned the Olympics on social media.

But U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright ruled Tuesday that strict legal guidelines and ominous media reports didn't...

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