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Bar News - December 13, 2013

Legal Community News
Charbucks Prevails Over Starbucks

John-Mark Turner

Christopher Cole
Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green litigation partners Christopher Cole and John-Mark Turner recently won a long battle on behalf of Black Bear Micro Roastery, in a trademark infringement and dilution case brought by Starbucks.

In 2001, the Tuftonboro premium coffee roaster was sued by Starbucks for trademark infringement and dilution under federal and state law in a federal district court in New York. Starbucks alleged that Black Bear’s use of the name “Charbucks Blend” to describe a deep roasted coffee infringed, blurred, and tarnished its famous trademarks.

On Nov. 15, after 12 years of litigation, the Second Circuit agreed with the District Court and rejected all of Starbucks’ claims.

Cole is a shareholder at Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green and chair of the business litigation practice group. Turner is a shareholder at Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green with a focus on commercial litigation.

Martin Honigberg, NH PUC
Former senior assistant attorney general Martin Honigberg of Sulloway & Hollis has been nominated to serve as one of three members of the NH Public Utilities Commission. His appointment to the PUC must be confirmed by the NH Execuitve Council.

NH Evidence Manual Updated
Charles G. Douglas III, a director of the Concord law firm of Douglas, Leonard & Garvey, has authored the 5th edition of the New Hampshire Evidence Manual, which is now available in print copy via Lexis Books. Originally published in 1986, it has been revised annually since 1991.

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