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08-26-2011, 11:26 PM

T-shirt seller sued over Steelers' Terrible Towel trademark

PITTSBURGH | Thu Aug 25, 2011 6:37pm EDT

(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Steelers and a school for disabled students are suing a company for selling T-shirts that allegedly infringe on the trademark of The Terrible Towel, a yellow-and-black cloth often twirled by the football team's fans.

The lawsuit alleges that Eugene Berry Enterprise LLC filed a trademark application in May for "The Terrible T-Shirt" and had been selling the shirts emblazoned with those words and "A Pittsburgh Original," court documents said.

Attorneys for the Allegheny Valley School, which owns the Terrible Towel trademark, asked the company to withdraw the application before its owner attempted to have more of the shirts printed, the documents said. It has been selling the shirts since February, according to the suit.

The suit, filed on Monday, alleges trademark infringement, unfair competition, fraud and other offenses. It seeks damages including profits from the T-shirts, attorneys' fees and other expenses.

The late sportscaster Myron Cope invented The Terrible Towel in the mid-1970s. In 1996, he gave the trademark to the Allegheny Valley School, where his autistic son lived. The Steelers have an exclusive license to market Terrible Towel-marked items.

A spokesman for the Steelers and a spokeswoman for the school declined to comment. Eugene Berry Enterprise could not immediately be reached for comment.

(Reporting by Daniel Lovering; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)

Discipline of Steel
08-27-2011, 05:59 AM
I thought this would be about the lawsuit where former NFL players are suing the NFL over injuries. This only heightens lawyer Goodell's focus on liability and changing the game to make it 'safer'. A few of the names in the lawsuit...

Jim Gambling Debt McMahon
Ray Easterling
Wayne Radloff
Joe Pantie Waste Thomas (yes currently of the Cleveland Browns)

All enemies of football. Seriously, what is Joe Thomas doing in there?

Regarding the Terrible Towel lawsuit, Im not so concerned. Why should some douchebag profit using a brand that has been bequeathed to a school for disadvantaged kids?

08-27-2011, 08:37 AM
Trademark law requires the owner of a trademark to defend the mark. If you let something like this slide, you could lose the mark. So the lawsuit really had to be filed.