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Arthur Murry International, Inc v. WDO Community Interest Company et al

Case Summary

On December 16, 2021, Arthur Murray International, Inc. (“Arthur Murray” or “Plaintiff”), represented by Jennifer Librach Nall of DLA Piper LLP (US), filed an intellectual property lawsuit against WDO Community Interest Company (doing business as World Dance Organisation and WDO) (“WDO”) and American Dance Productions, LLC (“American Dance”) (collectively, "Defendants"), seeking declaratory and injunctive relief with damages, costs, and attorneys’ fees, for the alleged willful and knowing infringement of Arthur Murray’s federally-registered trademarks. This case was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Texas. 

 

In the complaint, Plaintiff alleged that, “Defendants’ unauthorized use of Defendants’ Infringing WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Marks is likely to cause confusion, mistake, and deception as to the source or origin of the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Registrations (including, without limitation, the WORLD PRO/AM DANCE CHAMPIONSHIPS mark), the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Marks, and Arthur Murray’s services and is likely to falsely suggest a sponsorship, affiliation, connection, or association between the two parties and their respective businesses, goods and services.”

 

Plaintiff further alleged that, “American Dance’s use of the AMERICAN OPEN DANCESPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS mark has caused and is likely to cause confusion, mistake, and deception as to the source or origin of both Arthur Murray’s AMERICAN DANCE SPORT mark and Arthur Murray’s services and is likely to falsely suggest a sponsorship, affiliation, connection, or association between the two parties and their respective businesses, goods and services.”

 

Plaintiff further alleged that, “Defendants have known and still know that their use of Defendants’ Infringing WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Marks is neither permitted nor authorized by Arthur Murray. As a result, Defendants have acted knowingly, willfully, in reckless disregard of Arthur Murray’s rights, and in bad faith.”

 

Plaintiff also alleged that, “American Dance has known and still knows that its use of the AMERICAN OPEN DANCE SPORT mark is neither permitted nor authorized by Arthur Murray. As a result, Defendants have acted knowingly, willfully, in reckless disregard of Arthur Murray’s rights, and in bad faith.”

 

Plaintiff lists out three claims for relief. The first claim is for the Federal Trademark Infringement (15 U.S.C. § 1114). The second claim is for Unfair Competition and False Designation of Origin (15 U.S.C. 1125(a)), and the third claim is for Texas Common Law Unfair Competition.

 

In the prayer for relief, Plaintiff requested the Court to declare that Defendants have committed and are committing acts of trademark infringement and unfair competition and award injunctive relief restraining and enjoining Defendants from using, imitating, copying, or making any other infringing use of the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP registrations, WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP mark, the AMERICAN DANCE SPORT mark, and any other mark now or hereafter confusingly similar or identical thereto. Further, Plaintiff requested the court to order Defendants to pay damages and trebled damages for Defendants’ willful and knowing infringement, and also order Defendants to pay the costs of this action, reasonable attorneys’ fees incurred, and such other and additional relief as the Court may deem just and proper.

 

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Case Details

  • Case Number:

    1:21-CV-01148

  • Filing Date:

    12/16/2021

  • Case Status:

    Pending - Other Pending

  • Case Type:

    Intellectual Property - Trademark

 

Party Details

Plaintiff

Arthur Murry International, Inc

Defendants

WDO Community Interest Company (d/b/a World Dance Organisation)

American Dance Productions, LLC

Attorney/Law Firm Details

Plaintiff Attorney

Jennifer Librach Nall

Attorney at DLA Piper LLP (US)

303 Colorado Streetsuite 3000

Austin, TX 78701

 

Court Documents

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(#1) COMPLAINT ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number 0542-15544697). No Summons requested at this time, filed by Arthur Murry International, Inc. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit 1, #2 Exhibit 2, #3 Civil Cover Sheet)(Nall, Jennifer) (Entered: 12/16/2021)

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Exhibit 1

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Civil Cover Sheet

 

Docket Entries

  • 12/16/2021
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  • Docket(#1) COMPLAINT ( Filing fee $ 402 receipt number 0542-15544697). No Summons requested at this time, filed by Arthur Murry International, Inc. (Attachments: #1 Exhibit 1, #2 Exhibit 2, #3 Civil Cover Sheet)(Nall, Jennifer) (Entered: 12/16/2021)

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