10-17-2009, 12:25 AM
Hansen Beverage Co. bullies another?
Trademarks: Brewer Sued By Monster Energy Drink Asks America For Help (http://consumerist.com/5381528/brewer-sued-by-monster-energy-drink-asks-america-for-help)
10-17-2009, 12:39 AM
My guess is that it's the work of Darlene Seymour.
10-22-2009, 05:47 PM
Good to see the little guy has survived in this case.
The Associated Press: Brewer, Monster-maker settle 'Vermonster' dispute (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iTH-tsAmOUKatfUKo_9dxLJtD5qQD9BGAG480)
Brewer, Monster-maker settle 'Vermonster' dispute
By LISA RATHKE (AP) – 2 hours ago
MONTPELIER, Vt. — The fight between Monster and Vermonster has been settled.
A small Vermont brewery that makes a beer called Vermonster and the Nasdaq-traded maker of Monster energy drinks settled a trademark dispute that prompted some stores to pull the larger company's beverages in protest.
The energy drinks-maker, Hansen Beverage Co., sent a cease-and-desist letter last month to Rock Art, telling it to stop using the name and to pay for its attorneys' fees.
On Tuesday, the two sides reached a settlement that allows Rock Art to continue to market the brew, an American barley wine, anywhere in the country. In return, Rock Art agreed not to sell energy drinks, which it never intended to do, said Douglas Riley, a Rock Art lawyer.
Neither Corona, Calif.-based Hansen nor its lawyer would comment on the settlement, the terms of which were confidential.
"It's phenomenal," said Matt Nadeau, who owns the Morrisville brewery with his wife. "It happened so fast. That's what's just amazing about this new power of traditional media, combined with social media, what tools that we have as Americans to fight against big power."
Nadeau said he had been told by five trademark attorneys that he could probably win in court, but that fighting for the name would likely bankrupt him.
Nadeau aired the dispute on the Internet, framing it as an example of a large corporation trying to squash a small business owner. Word of the dispute prompted stores in Vermont, New York, Maine and Connecticut to pull the energy drink from their shelves, Nadeau said.
"It struck a nerve with everybody when they saw and heard the story," Nadeau said. "They were like, 'You've got to be kidding me. I'm not confused by these products. What do mean this guy's going to lose his business if he decides to fight for the name that's legally his?'"
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., stepped in, urging Hansen to back off.
"Any person who would get confused by the two different products and names should probably slow down a bit, and lay off energy drinks," Sanders said. "The American people are getting tired of the greed and recklessness of large corporations, which use their size and power to push individuals and small businesses around."
10-22-2009, 08:21 PM
Great news! Let's hope things work out for Tannerman as well.
10-23-2009, 07:17 PM
I'm in discussions with Hansen as we speak.
10-24-2009, 12:44 PM
Really there should be nothing to discuss since you don't sell anything and that should be very obvious even to those idiots at CE. They should actually do their job and look over a site before sending a letter. I understand protecting your image and all but make sure you are going after the right people. They are getting paid to do a job and they are doing it half a$$ed.
10-24-2009, 09:39 PM
I am about to begin work on a similar project for a client of mine. From what I can tell there will be significant overlap in terms of features.