What’s in a name? If you’re Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, a lawsuit.
Kushner, the husband of President-elect Trump’s daughter Ivanka, has been hit with a lawsuit over the magazine Scene in New York.
The lawsuit was filed by Gregg Moramarco, who says he’s been publishing Scene New York since 2006.
But in 2013, the suit says, Kushner — publisher of New York Observer — and others muscled into his territory with a competing magazine, Scene in New York.
“Defendants, jointly and severally, and with predatory intent, used, and continued to use Defendant’s Mark in order to take advantage of Mr. Moramarco’s reputation, thereby causing confusion as to the source of the respective magazines.”
The suit, filed in federal court in New York, continues, “Defendants’ use of Defendants’ Mark is likely to cause confusion, mistake or deception, cause the public to believe that the Defendants’ products emanate or originate from Plaintiff, when they do not, or that the Plaintiff has authorized, sponsored, approved or otherwise associated itself with the Defendants or their magazine.”
TheWrap has reached out to the Observer, also listed as a defendant, for comment.
Alleging trademark infringement, unfair competition and other counts, the suit is seeking damages “believed to be in excess of $500,000.”
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.