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Trademark Infringement Lawsuit filed by Singer Jimmy Buffett

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According to an article in Reuters, a trademark infringement lawsuit was filed by singer Jimmy Buffett on November 13, 2006, asking a U.S. Federal Judge to put an end to a Web site operator’s infringing actions.

The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court in Galveston, Texas. According to the complaint, Robert Akard is accused of operating the web site “underonehut.com,” which sells unauthorized Jimmy Buffett trademarked items.

Singer Buffett had prevailed in a previous court order in Nevada that apparently was not “comprehensive enough.” Accused Akard has since surfaced in New York, Florida, and Texas.

In the lawsuit, Buffett alleges that Akard advertises as “Jimmy Buffett’s Online Store for Merchandise,” selling T-shirts, music CDs, and other items that have not been authorized.

The lawsuit requests that the Judge issue an order to Akard to cease and desist using Buffett’s name and likeness, account for his profits, and turn them over to Buffett and pay for unspecified damages.

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