Legal Grounds - The FindLaw Legal News with an Attitude Blog

September 2010 Archives

Bentley Recall: Beware the Flying Winged B

Rapper Lloyd Banks wants to know: Beamer, Benz or Bentley? Lloyd, take your Benz out, because the Bentley needs to go into the shop. Bentley Motors is recalling 820 cars world-wide on fears that the famous winged "B" that is its hood ornament could come loose in a crash and hurt someone. Yes, this is an actual Bentley recall.

The Associated Press reported on September 23, that the head office of Bentley Motors in Europe announced the recall which will cover 620 cars in the United States and Canada, and 200 in Europe. Specific models under recall include the Arnage, Brooklands and Azure models made between October 2006 and March 2009.

IHOP Lawsuit: Pancakes v. Church Over Trademark Infringement

Pancakes and prayer. It would be insulting and unpleasant on several different levels to get those two elements of a traditional Sunday morning mixed up. That is just what the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) has gone to a California federal court to prevent. According to the famous purveyor of delightful and overly-caloric breakfast treats, a church in Kansas City which has christened itself IHOP (International House of Prayer) will do just that, confuse us all. IHOP is suing for trademark infringement and dilution.

Earlier this month, as the Kansas City Star repots, the IHOP lawsuit (the original, hereafter, IHOP I) was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles claiming the church (hereafter, IHOP II) intended to adopt the name International House of Prayer knowing it would be abbreviated to IHOP with the intent to misappropriate fame and notoriety of the food chain.