Alcohol Company and Gunmaker Settle over “Tommy Guns Vodka”
Saeilo Enterprises Inc., and Alphonse Capone Enterprises Inc., have reportedly reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging trademark and trade dress infringement for a bottle of vodka branded as “Tommy Guns Vodka” and shaped like Saeilo’s Thompson submachine gun. Saeilo Enterprises, Inc. v. Alphonse Capone Enterprises, Inc., No. 13-2306 (N.D. Ill., notification of docket entry filed April 21, 2015).
The gun manufacturer alleged in its complaint that the vodka company misappropriated the trade dress and trademark of the Thompson gun with the shape of the bottle and the name, and Saeilo sought an injunction, damages and attorney’s fees. A notice filed with the court indicates that the parties have reached a settlement and will file a stipulation to dismiss, but terms of the settlement were unavailable.