Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka emerged victorious Wednesday in a Los Angeles federal trademark dispute with a tequila firm over cranium-formed bottles that every model makes use of to distribute their spirits.
In its lawsuit, Crystal Head maker Globefill Inc. — which is majority owned by the “Ghostbusters” star — alleged that Kah Tequila’s packaging was an affordable knockoff” of its personal cranium design.
After lower than 4 hours of deliberations, an eight-member civil jury unanimously discovered “willful” infringement on the a part of the tequila firm.
“It’s an incredible victory for Globefill and Mr. Aykroyd,” stated lawyer Michael M. Fay, whose agency represents Crystal Head. “The corporate has a really distinctive commerce gown — the cranium-formed bottle — and the jury stated that commerce gown ought to be protected.”
A consultant of Parts Spirits Inc., which owns Kah Tequila, couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Aykroyd discovered comedy fame within the Nineteen Seventies on Saturday Night time Reside, most memorably with Steve Martin as “Two Wild and Loopy Guys” and because the head of the Conehead household. Whereas his movie roles have often been in comedies, he’s been featured in a variety of profitable dramas.
The lawsuit was filed in 2010 and led to a protection verdict three years later. The U.S. ninth Circuit Courtroom of Appeals vacated the decision and ordered a retrial, which started two weeks in the past in downtown Los Angeles earlier than U.S. District Decide Consuelo B. Marshall.
Crystal Head Vodka was launched by Aykroyd and artist John Alexander in 2007. Kah Tequila’s liquor, marketed in Day of the Lifeless-themed cranium bottles, first appeared on retailer cabinets in 2010.
— Metropolis Information Service
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