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Goodyear Settles Trademark Claims With ‘Good Year Pimps’ Band

Jan. 3, 2020, 2:15 PM

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. settled its claims that Illinois punk rock band Good Year Pimps breached an earlier agreement by restarting the use of its allegedly infringing name, a filing in Illinois federal court says.

The Jan. 2 filing said the band admitted to breaching the agreement and infringing the trademarks, and agreed to stop using the “Goodyear” name, Goodyear’s blimp design, and Goodyear’s winged-foot logo.

Goodyear said in its complaint that the band first agreed to stop using the name in 2001 or 2002 but didn’t adhere to the agreement, which led to a 2007 settlement. Goodyear sued the Pimps in October, saying the band had again restarted using the name and Goodyear’s logos on clothing, hats, and other merchandise.

Neal & McDevitt and Wood, Herron & Evans LLP represented Goodyear. Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP represented the band.

The case is Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Good Year Pimps, N.D. Ill., No. 3:19-cv-50276, 1/2/20.

To contact the reporter on this story: Blake Brittain in Washington at bbrittain@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rob Tricchinelli at rtricchinelli@bloomberglaw.com; Patrick L. Gregory at pgregory@bloomberglaw.com

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