Aykroyd's Skull Vodka Co. Tells Jury Rival Made Knockoffs

By Daniel Siegal (March 15, 2017, 5:01 PM EDT) -- The maker of actor Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka told a California federal jury during Wednesday's opening statements in the trade dress infringement case that a rival spirits company is selling tequila in a "cheap knockoff" of its distinctive skull-shaped bottle.

The suit sees Crystal Head maker Globefill Inc. taking a second crack at convincing a jury that Elements Spirits Inc.'s KAH brand tequila is infringing its trade dress — a prior trial ended with a defense verdict, but the Ninth Circuit ordered a new trial.

At the outset of the trial being held in U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall's...

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