Earlier this week, Main Events settled its trademark infringement suit against Main Event Boxing Gym (MEBG). The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
In July 2017, Main Events had filed suit against MEBG in federal court in the Middle District of Florida seeking a permanent injunction to stop MEBG from using the words "Main Event" in connection with their business. MEBG had started promoting boxing in the spring of 2016 and was using the name of the gym and related trademarks in promotional materials.
In its complaint, Main Events alleged trademark and service mark infringement and unfair competition under both the federal law Lanham Act, as well as the common law and Florida State laws.
On September 6, 2017, MEBG filed a motion to dismiss or in the alternative motion for summary judgment, claiming that the "Main Event" mark had become generic (though they barely cited any case law - 2 cases). Main Events filed strong opposition papers on September 18, 2017 and the case was settled before the court could rule on the motion.
See the settlement agreement below:
See MEBG's MTD/MSJ below:
See Main Events' opposition below:
This blog is authored by Kurt Emhoff, a sports and entertainment attorney and boxing manager based in NYC. Kurt has represented clients in boxing for over 20 years. Kurt's current and former clients include world champions and contenders Cory Spinks, Paulie Malignaggi, Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, Luis Collazo, Sam Soliman, Kermit Cintron, Derrick Gainer, Travis Simms, Terronn Millett, Peter Manfredo and Dmitriy Salita.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Main Events Settles Trademark Infringement Case Against Main Event Boxing Gym
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