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Potato Chip Maker Can't Toss Billy Goat Tavern Suit

Law360 (August 8, 2018, 5:28 PM EDT) -- An Illinois federal judge denied Billy Goat Chip Co.’s bid to escape a trademark infringement suit filed by Chicago landmark Billy Goat Tavern, rejecting the St. Louis potato chip maker’s claim the bar waited too long to sue.

U.S. District Judge Robert Dow Jr. denied the chip company’s motion to dismiss the suit filed by Billy Goat Tavern last year over potato chips that allegedly have consumers believing they are a product from the iconic tavern.

The chip company argued that the tavern’s claims of infringement, unfair competition and violations of Illinois consumer protection laws are barred by the doctrine of...

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December 20, 2017

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