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Trademark Suits Can Be Covered As Ad Injury: Court

Law360 (March 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that trademark infringement can fall within the scope of insurance policies covering advertising injuries, clarifying a key issue in a case in which a Minnesota travel agency called Hobbit Travel was sued for infringement by the company that holds the trademarks on J.R.R. Tolkien's works.

After Tolkien Enterprises sued Hobbit Travel, the agency's insurer, General Casualty Co. of Wisconsin, filed a declaratory judgment suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, seeking relief from its duty to defend...
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