Hammond, Indiana – Trademark counsel for Trans-United, Inc. of Burns Harbor, IN, have filed a lawsuit alleging Trans-United, Inc. of Miami, FL, and its apparent directors infringed Trademark Registration No. 3,567,262 for the mark TRANS-UNITED, as registered with the U.S. Trademark Office for various moving and transport services.
The plaintiff claims to provide “industrial and specialty moving and transport services” throughout the United States and that the defendants have provided moving services throughout the country under the names TRANS-UNITED and/or TRANS-UNITED INC. Plaintiff further claims it received complaints from the defendants’ disgruntled customers and that the defendants registered the Internet domain name transunitedinc.com. Accordingly, causes of action in the complaint include federal trademark infringement and false designation of origin under the Lanham Act, a violation of the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act at 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d), and common law unfair competition.
Practice Tip: False designation of origin, sometimes called “passing off,” is a concept similar to trademark infringement, but is more specifically concerned with misrepresentation of source and applies even when there is no trademark at issue.Complaint – Trans United Indiana v. Trans United Florida
Further Information about the case is as follows:
Filed: August 16, 2010 as 2:2010cv00327 Updated: August 18, 2010 20:44:25
Plaintiff: Trans-United Inc
Defendants: Igor Redkin, John Doe 1, John Doe 2, John Doe 3, Oleg Merkulov and others
Presiding Judge:Jon E DeGuilio
Referring Judge:Andrew P Rodovich
Cause Of Action: Trademark Infringement