Pizza Puff Rip-Off Leads To $180K Verdict

Law360, Chicago (October 25, 2018, 6:18 PM EDT) -- Chicago restaurant supplier El-Greg Inc. owes competitor Illinois Tamale Co. $180,000 after an Illinois federal court jury found Thursday that it had infringed Illinois Tamale's trademark on Pizza Puffs by selling a similar product.

Jurors agreed with Illinois Tamale's stance that El-Greg infringed its trademarked Pizza Puffs by labeling its product "Pizza Pies (Puffs)" and awarded $20,000 in damages and $60,000 in profits on Illinois Tamale's trademark infringement and false advertising claims. The jury also found that El-Greg violated a 2004 legal settlement with Illinois Tamale that it would not describe its pizza pastries as "puffs" and awarded $100,000 for breach...

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