Coffee Co. Must Pay $2.4M To Marley Family In TM Fight

Law360 (January 9, 2019, 8:02 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ordered a coffee company to pay $2.4 million in damages to companies connected to late reggae artist Bob Marley for continuing to sell Marley-branded java after a trademark license agreement between the companies was terminated.

In an unpublished opinion, the panel upheld U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson's May 2017 ruling that Jammin Java Corp. must pay $2,458,835 in damages to Fifty-Six Hope Road Music Ltd. and Hope Road Merchandising LLC, ruling that the district court did not err in finding that the written terms of the license agreement precluded Jammin Java's defenses that the companies...

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