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Peoria Legal Blawg
- January 16
From Seattle To Missouri: No Coffee In This Frappuccino!
This month, Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks was beaten down in a public battle of wits with a local neighborhood bar owner in a small town in Missouri. Apparently, a formal lengthy cease-and-desist letter full of confusing legalese was delivered to the bar owner by high-priced lawyers from the national intellectual property firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn. According to reports, the letter accused the tavern of willfully violating Starbucks' "frappuccino" brand name. It seems the bar had given one of its less popular droughts the same name, and Starbucks didn't like it. The bar owner's response went viral after the owner drafted a brief sarcastic response that included a $6.00 check as a refund for the profit he made from the beer's limited sales. The bar owner was not represented by counsel at the time he sent the letter.
- January 07
The Enforcement Of Judgments – The Final Stage That Cannot Be Taken For Granted
Clients often experience anxiety at the end of a lawsuit when facing the task of actually collecting from the opposing party after obtaining a favorable judgment. It is unlikely that any concrete knowledge has been obtained prior to this point regarding whether the defendant has any money, property, or other liquid assets easily accessible to satisfy the judgment. During the typical underlying litigation process, questions about net worth and the location of assets are often deemed irrelevant and objectionable by the Court.