Illinois Federal Judge: Television Commercials Not Substantially Similar

(August 8, 2016, 11:22 AM EDT) -- CHICAGO — Allegations that Steak n Shake Inc. infringed the copyrighted television advertisement of a competitor were rejected Aug. 5 by an Illinois federal judge, who deemed the commercials dissimilar (Culver Franchising System Inc. v. Steak n Shake Inc., No. 16-75, N.D. Ill.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103091).

(Decision available. Document #16-160815-014Z.)

In granting Steak n Shake’s motion, brought pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6), U.S. Judge Gary Feinerman of the Northern District of Illinois found that the majority of the material alleged by...
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