LOS ANGELES— Eater LA is reporting that Wolfgang Puck has filed a lawsuit against Wolfgang's Steakhouse, which just opened a branch in LA, for trademark infringement and unfair competition. Last month Wolfgang Zwiener, owner of the Wolfgang's Steakhouses in New York, opened his LA branch down the road from Wolfgang Puck's steakhouse Cut. Puck claims the new Wolfgang's creates too much confusion and thinks it's grounds for a lawsuit. From the press release:
"'People have come to me and asked why I was opening another steakhouse in Beverly Hills and whether I am going to close CUT,' noted Puck. 'I tell them the new steakhouse has nothing to do with me and they stare in disbelief. The most common reaction is ‘It says “Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and you are Wolfgang,"'continued Puck adding, 'In over thirty two years, I have never encountered such confusion expressed by my patrons and in the media....'"
"'...My friends have repeatedly urged that I take the steps necessary to correct the ongoing misleading impression. All of this would have been avoided had Mr. Zwiener paid more than lip-service to our 2007 agreement and actually tried to avoid confusion.'"The agreement in question stated that if Zwiener opened a restaurant outside of Manhattan, he would use his full name to avoid confusion with Puck's restaurants. However, we're guessing that in Wolfgang v. Wolgang, sprightly Puck will not be the victor. Further reading here.
· BREAKING: Wolfgang Files Lawsuit Against Wolfgang's [~ELA~]