Thursday, August 24, 2006

Boy Scouts Sue Leo Stoller for Declaratory Judgment re "NORTHERN STAR COUNCIL" Mark

The Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America have sued Leo Stoller and his companies in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, seeking a declaratory judgment that the mark NORTHERN STAR COUNCIL does not infringe upon or dilute, and is not a counterfeit of, any mark, and specifically Stoller's alleged mark DARK STAR. Northern Star Council, Boy Scouts of America v. Central Mfg., Inc., et al., Civil Action No. 0:06-cv-03059-ADM-AJB (filed July 20, 2006). [Complaint here].

The complaint alleges that on May 19, 2006, Stoller, as President of Central Mfg. Co., obtained a 90-day extension of time to oppose Plaintiff's NORTHERN STAR COUNCIL application. On or about May 22, Stoller sent a cease and desist letter "alleging and accusing the Northern Star Council of infringing multiple alleged 'DARK STAR' marks." The letter charged the Council with trademark infringement, dilution, and unfair competition, and demanded that the Council discontinue use of the accused mark and account for its "sales made to date." Stoller also threatened to file an opposition and/or commence litigation if the Council did not comply with his demands.

Text Copyright John L. Welch 2006.


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