Los Angeles, CA – Trademark attorneys for Creative Artists Agency (“CAA”) filed a trademark infringement lawsuit in Federal District Court in Los Angeles against a media/marketing company. CAA is a well known talent agency and has used the registered CAA trademarks for over thirty years. CAA also uses the www.caa.com and www.sports.caa.com as domain names. The trademark, “the logo and the domain names are all used in connection with talent agency services, literary agency services, sponsorship services, marketing and communication services and sports agency services.”
CAA alleges that the defendants commenced business as CAA-Media in 2003 and “began using the website www.caa-media.com in connection with media buying and media consulting, which is closely related to the services offered by CAA. CAA also continues that defendants “use the designation ‘CAA’ in stylized red lettering, which is nearly identical to CAA’s distinctive mark.” CAA discovered defendant’s use of the allegedly infringing trademark when a CAA employee was informed by a friend that they were hired by defendants CAA-Media. CAA sent a cease and desist letter to defendants which also requested the transfer of the defendants’ CAA domain names. The complaint alleges that instead of ceasing the infringing use, the defendants filed a trademark application with the USPTO for the CAA trademark. The complaint asserts the following causes of action: (1) Federal trademark infringement under 15 U.S.C. § 1114; (2) Federal trade name infringement and false designation of origin under section 43(a) of the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a); (3) Federal trademark dilution, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(c); (4) Cyberpiracy under 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d); (5) California common law unfair competition; (6) Unfair competition under Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200; (7) Injunctive relief; and, (8) Declaratory relief. The case is titled Creative Artists Agency, LLC v. Chessen & Associates, Inc. et al., CV08-02309 SVW (C.D. Cal. 2008).