Tag: Judge Murphy

Beaulieu Group Floored by Competitor Mohawk’s Application and Use of New Mark for Residential Carpet

On September 30, 2015, Beaulieu Group, LLC(“Beaulieu”), a Georgia Corporation, brought a trademark infringement action against Mohawk Carpet Distribution, Inc. (“Mohawk”), a Delaware corporation with a principal place of business in Calhoun, Georgia. The complaint asserts claims for trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition (state […]

EPIC Battle Launched Between Flooring Companies Over Trademark Infringement

On August 21, 2014, Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (“Shaw”), a Georgia corporation, and Columbia Insurance Company (“Columbia”), a Nebraska corporation, brought a trademark infringement action against Carlisle Wide Plank Floors Inc. (“Carlisle”), a Delaware corporation, in the Northern District of Georgia.  The complaint asserts claims for trademark infringement, […]

Complaint Asserts Copyright Infringement over Hardwood Floor Pattern on Vinyl Wallcovering

U.S. Vinyl Manufacturing Corporation (“USV”) initiated an action for copyright infringement on March 12, 2014, against Colour & Design, Inc. (“Colour”), National Wallcovering, Inc. (“Wallcovering”), Larry and Michael Bixler (“Bixlers”). USV is a Texas corporation headquartered in LaFayette, Georgia.  The defendants are residents of Arkansas.  Both USV and […]

Shaw Industries Files Declaratory Judgment Action Against Hershey Over KISSES® Marks

In a case that has already drawn considerable publicity, carpet giant Shaw Industries Group, Inc. (“Shaw”), of Dalton, Georgia, filed a complaint in the Northern District of Georgia against The Hershey Company, of Hershey, Pennsylvania, and Hershey Chocolate and Confectionary Corporation, of Wheat Ridge, Colorado (collectively, “Hershey”), asking the […]