C846A104d01 - Toys 'R' Us, Inc. v. Akkaoui United States...

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Toys 'R' Us, Inc. v. Akkaoui United States District Court for the Northern District of California, 1996 40 U.S.P.Q.2d 1836 Brief Fact Summary Plaintiffs, which hold trademarks in numerous names ending with "R Us" seeks a preliminary injunction against defendant for running an adult Internet site named Adults "R" Us. The plaintiffs sued on a number of trademark theories including dilution. Rule of Law and Holding "In authorizing courts to enjoin dilution, Congress intended 'to protect famous marks from subsequent uses that blur the distinctiveness of the mark or tarnish or disparage it.' . . . 'Once a trademark has become diluted, it has lost the strength it once possessed.' Money damages alone cannot repair the injury." Topics Trademark | Trademark Dilution Edited Opinion Note: The following opinion was edited by AudioCaseFiles' staff. © 2008 Courtroom Connect, Inc. Claudia Wilken, United States District Judge. Plaintiffs Toys "R" Us and Geoffrey, Inc. seek a preliminary injunction against Defendants Mohamad Ahmad Akkaoui, Lingerienet, and Acme Distributors, all doing business as Adults "R" Us, for trademark dilution and infringement. Plaintiffs hold an array of trademarks ending with the phrase "R Us." On August 28, 1996, they learned that Defendants were operating an Internet site and shopping service featuring a variety of sexual devices and clothing under the name "adultsrus." On September 13, 1996, Plaintiffs sent a letter to Defendants demanding that they immediately shut down their Internet site. On September 17, 1996, Defendants' attorney notified Plaintiffs' San Francisco counsel that it would be impossible to comply with Plaintiffs'
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