Judge Lets Bogus Trademark Lawsuit Move Forward
from the this-makes-no-sense dept
The case was such an incredible stretch of trademark law, and so obviously a situation of a big law firm bullying a small website that it seemed obvious that the judge should dismiss the case. However, there were some worrying signs at the beginning. Paul Levy from Public Citizen had reported that the judge apparently told the guy from BlockShopper that he should just settle, noting how much it would cost to defend himself -- suggesting that the judge was already siding with Jones Day, despite the highly questionable nature of the claims. So, while disturbing, perhaps it's not a surprise that the judge has refused to dismiss the case. This increases the likelihood that BlockShopper will simply settle, as the time and expense of going through a lawsuit is, indeed, quite large, as the judge allegedly noted originally. It's difficult to fathom how one could look at the facts of the case and see any merit in the trademark infringement claims. This is a very unfortunate ruling.