Bloomberg Law
Sept. 23, 2022, 8:03 PM

NYC’s Default Win Over Cannabis-Infused City Emblems Set Aside

Kyle Jahner
Kyle Jahner
IP Reporter

A New York City man revived his defense against the city’s suit alleging his cannabis-referencing emblems infringed city trademarks—on the same day he lost infringement claims he’d brought in a separate case.

Robert Lopez, a serial trademark litigant representing himself, had the city’s quick win set aside because his default was not willful but “merely careless,” the US District Court for the Southern District of New York said Thursday. The ruling set aside the default, but left in place a preliminary injunction barring him from selling allegedly infringing items: merchandise featuring city trademarks slightly altered to include marijuana references.

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