Mar 4, 2009
Remember the federal trademark infringement case of Funky Brown Chick v. Funky Black Chick?
Not that the four big-firm lawyers who have entered their appearances on behalf of New York writer Twanna Hines, their paralegal, two process servers and the U.S. Postal Service have been idle.
For nearly four months, Funky Brown Chick Corp. or its agents have tried to officially notify Funky Black Chick Yesha Callahan of the pending suit against her. But despite following up numerous home and work address leads and eventually reaching Callahan by phone, they have not properly pinned her down. (Maybe “fungkeblakchik” could change her name to Elusive Black Chick and the whole thing could be settled?)
With a Mar. 13 deadline looming, Hines’ attorneys at Fish & Richardson P.C. filed a motion Monday for alternative service — by the U.S. Marshals! — so they can get on with the substance of their claim against the Odenton defendant.
If you thought this was a frivolous dispute between two bloggers that has spawned a sillier cat-and-mouse game, think again: the plaintiff’s motion detailing the exhaustive efforts to serve Callahan is 132 pages long!
Make no mistake: when it comes to policing her brand, this plaintiff’s not faking the funk.
BRENDAN KEARNEY, Legal Affairs Writer