Studios Win Legal Dogfight With Breeder

Nu Image, First Look prevail in suit over use of “Rin Tin Tin” name.

Last Updated: November 19, 2009 @ 6:18 AM

Nu Image and First Look Studios have won a legal dogfight over using the name Rin Tin Tin in the kidpic "Finding Rin Tin Tin: The Adventure Continues."

U.S. District Court Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore ruled in favor of the indie studio in a suit filed by Daphne Hereford and the Rin Tin Tin Inc. German Shepherd breeding company alleging trademark infringement and claiming ownership of the name and trademark. The suit, filed last year in Houston, sought all profits and destruction of all DVDs. The judge, in a ruling issued last week, found that use of the name Rin Tin Tin was a "fair use" and protected under the First Amendment from the breeding company’s claims of confusion and dilution.

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