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National Lampoon Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies Inc.

UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT


May 2, 1974

THE NATIONAL LAMPOON, INC., PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,
v.
AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, INC., GEORGE SCHLATTER ENTERPRISES, INC. AND GEORGE SCHLATTER, DEFENDANT-APPELLANTS.

Appeal from judgment of United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Charles L. Brieant, Jr., J., permanently enjoining defendants from using the word "lampoon" in the title or set of any television program. Affirmed.

Before: Lumbard and Feinberg, Circuit Judges, and Jameson, District Judge.*fn*

Per Curiam:

Defendants American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., George Schlatter Enterprises, Inc. and George Schlatter appeal from a judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Charles L. Brieant, Jr., J., entered in favor of plaintiff-appellee The National Lampoon, Inc. after a trial without a jury, which permanently enjoined appellants from using the words "National Lampoon" or "lampoon" as the title for a television program and from using any set spelling the word "lampoon" in such a program. In his thorough opinion, reported at 376 F. Supp. 733 (1974), the judge justifiably found that the defendant broadcasting company had deliberately attempted to exploit National Lampoon's well-known name and reputation in directing preparation of the pilot program by the other two defendants. On this basis alone the injunctive order should be affirmed, although we do not imply that the other grounds relied upon by the district court would not be sufficient, were we called upon to consider them.

Judgment affirmed.


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