U.S. News | Pablo Escobar Company Sues Rapper 2 Chainz for Trademark Infringement

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A Beverly Hills corporation, Pablo Escobar Company has filed a lawsuit in the California Central District Court against rapper 2 Chainz and his business partner, Mychel Snoop Dillard for trademark infringement.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants are using the late Colombian cocaine kingpin’s brand for its two Escobar Restaurant and Tapas locations in the Atlanta area.

The plaintiff reportedly said that the defendants allegedly used names such as “Escobar Crab Cakes” for restaurants and menu items without permission.

The plaintiff reportedly said that it owns the intellectual property rights related to Escobar and reserve full right on its trademark.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff reportedly said that the restaurants are decorated with paintings of Escobar, use its images on social media, and serve dishes named for Escobar, such as a signature crab cakes dish, as well as a cocktail called “The Columbian,” without permission or authorization.

The plaintiff alleges that the defendants are profiting off Escobar, which is regarded as one of the greatest heroic outlaws of all time by many in Colombia and all over the world by using its trademark without authorization.

The plaintiff alleges that the infringement has caused lots of damages, confusion, and unfair competition.

“Moreover, Pablo Escobar’s life has been the subject of numerous books, films and television shows. Throughout his life, Pablo Escobar was responsible for the construction of houses and football fields in western Colombia for the poor”, the plaintiff reportedly said.

The plaintiff is seeking at least $10 million in damages.

The case is pending.

Escobar, Inc v. Dillard Hospitality Group et al

Judge: Michael W Fitzgerald
Court: California Central District Court
Case #: 2:20-cv-05375
Nature of Suit: Trademark
Cause: Trademark Infringement
Case Filed: June 17, 2020
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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