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Lawsuit against T-shirt marketer dropped by court.

An attempt by Anheuser-Busch Cos., Inc., to halt a T-shirt marketer from plying his wares was recently denied by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court denied A-B the chance to voice an appeal of a case involving Michael Berard, who four years ago started his own business selling T-shirts with a logo and slogan that parodied Budweiser.

Believing that the "This beach's for you" T-shirts, which were sold in Myrtle Beach, SC, were a trademark infringement, A-B sued Berard.

A jury then ruled in the entrepreneur's favor, only to have the decision overturned by the judge. An appeals court then reversed the judge's decision, noting that parodies could not be confused with actual trademarks.

Berard plans to file a countersuit against A-B seeking legal fees and damages.
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Title Annotation:Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. trademark infringement case against Michael Berard
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Oct 19, 1992
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