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Trademark Infringement Fries KFC Franchise to a Crisp

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According to an article on Telegram.com, U.S. Marshals visited Kentucky Fried Chicken stores in Webster and Auburn for takeout of a completely different kind:  They wanted to make sure all signs, merchandise, and manuals with the KFC corporate trademarks, logo, or design were removed from the premises and destroyed.

David J. Chrisler and his wife, Mary, who are currently in Florida, have been in a bucket of trouble for allegedly operating two KFC restaurants for nearly a year after their franchise agreement was terminated.

The Chrislers’ Kentucky Fried Chicken court drama began when the corporation successfully sued the couple for breach of contract, trademark infringement, and violation of the Federal Unfair Competition Act.

A declaratory judgment was issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Louisville Division, where the popular fast-food franchise has its headquarters.  The Chrislers allegedly continued to operate as a KFC franchise, resulting in the federal court in Kentucky issuing a default judgment in favor of the KFC Corp.

It is advisable to consult with a trademark attorney to assist with infringement issues, such as this.

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