Hollywood Docket: Does E! Own the Buzz?Thu Jul 10, 2008 @ 02:53PM PST
Posted by Eriq Gardner
Claims: Trademark infringement, false designation of origin, federal trademark dilution, unfair competition, cybersquatting
Allegations: E! Entertainment accuses defendant of using the name ENEWSBUZZ and setting up a website enewsbuzz.com, which "Phonetically, Defendants' mark, trade name, and domain names sound identical to E! Entertainment's famous E! Marks and E! NEWS Marks, again, with the addition of the descriptive term 'buzz."
Filing attorney: Kristin Holland at Katten Muchin Rosenman, Los Angeles
Case: Beacon Plumbing & Mechanical. v. King Broadcasting Company, Case No. 082226352 (Washington Superior Court), filed July 7
Claims: Defamation, defamation by implication
Allegations: Beacon Plumbing accuses King Broadcasting Company and its KING 5 Television News station in Seattle of reporting "false statements" that Beacon employed plumbers with rap sheets for felony crimes. Beacon met with the defendants before the airing of the news report to let them know the such a claim would be damaging to Beacon.
Filing attorney: Francis Floyd of Floyd, Pflueger & Ringer, Seattle
To read the complaint, click here.