Vodka Maker Can't Get A Jury In TM Suit Against Beam

Law360, New York (November 7, 2017, 6:23 PM EST) -- The maker of Johnny Love Vodka is not entitled to a jury trial in its yearslong suit over Beam Inc.'s use of a lipstick imprint on its flavored vodka products, a Nevada federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying neither federal law nor the U.S. Constitution allows for a jury trial in the trademark infringement suit.

U.S. District Judge Miranda M. Du granted Beam's motion to strike JL Beverage Co.'s jury demand, holding that neither the statutory text of the Lanham Act nor the Constitution's Seventh Amendment gives JL the right to a jury trial in its suit alleging that Beam's Pucker Vodkas...

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