CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Guardians curler derby crew sued the town’s Major League Baseball membership Wednesday in a authorized combat over its title and trademark.
The curler derby crew filed go well with in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, looking for to cease the crew previously referred to as the Indians from utilizing the Guardians’ title. The lawsuit stated the curler derby crew made the baseball crew conscious of its title early within the course of.
The Guardians curler derby crew is predicated in Parma and has competed since 2014. It registered its title with the Ohio Secretary of State in January 2017. Its high foe this 12 months is anticipated to be the Pittsburgh Undead.
“It is inconceivable that an organization worth more than $1 billion and estimated to have annual revenues of $290 million plus would not at least have performed a Google search for ‘Cleveland Guardians’ before settling on the name, and even a cursory search would have returned Plaintiff’s website (www.clevelandguardians.com) as the first ‘hit,’ ” the lawsuit said.
Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer have reached out to a spokesman for the Major League Baseball club, as well as Christopher Pardo, a Boston attorney who filed the claim.
The lawsuit said the roller derby team offered to give the baseball Guardians a chance to acquire the team’s naming rights and its website.
“The Indians only offered to pay a nominal amount, likely no more than 15 minutes of annual team revenue,” the lawsuit says.
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