Ninth Circuit Finds Coffee Company Willfully Infringed on Bob Marley Trademark

Jammin Java should now pay Bob Marley’s household $2.eight million.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dominated towards a espresso firm combating two firms owned by the late Bob Marley’s household.

The panel upheld a earlier choice by a federal choose.  U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson had dominated in May 2017 Jammin Java Corp would pay $2.5 million in damages to Fifty-Six Hope Road Music and Hope Road Merchandising.  The espresso firm had orally modified and waived the royalty fee schedule to Bob Marley’s household.

Jammin Java had continued to make use of the late singer’s title and trademark to promote espresso.  This occurred even after its license to make use of them had expired.

Upholding Wilson’s ruling, the panel wrote,

Jammin Java is right that beneath California contract legislation oral modification, waiver, and equitable estoppel defenses could also be asserted regardless of contractual provisions prohibiting oral waiver or oral modifications.  However, we might affirm the district courtroom’s grant of partial abstract judgment on any foundation correctly supported by the report.

Jammin Java had reportedly failed to supply quarterly and annual statements.  Fifty-Six Hope Road had despatched the espresso firm a written discover.  The panel discovered each firms had “happy the procedural requirement for termination beneath the settlement.”

Jammin Java’s claims of waiver largely didn’t have an effect on this alleged ‘breach.’  The panel discovered Wilson had “correctly granted abstract judgment” to each Marley firms.  They had sued, accusing the espresso firm of breach of contract.

Jammin Java had fought again, claiming Wilson had made a mistake.

Under California legislation, a “disfavored forfeiture clause” exists.  Wilson clearly neglected this clause.

The panel disagreed.

Here, the written discover provision unambiguously units out the process by way of which Jammin Java might terminate the settlement.  Moreover, the intent of the availability is obvious: to present the get together allegedly in breach discover and a chance to remedy the breach with out terminating the settlement.

The espresso firm had additionally claimed Wilson’s unique ruling constituted a “windfall.”  Both Fixty-Six Hope Road and Hope Road Merchandise had failed to supply proof of willful trademark violations.

Dismissing Jammin Java’s arguments, the panel discovered these findings had been pointless.  This doesn’t apply to circumstances the place “a plaintiff seeks the defendant’s earnings as a measure of [its] personal injury[s].”

In his unique ruling, Wilson had additionally awarded each Marley firms $371,000 in damages.

You can view the ruling beneath.


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