Lefty O'Doul's Wins First Round in Federal Court

February 13, 2017

On January 19, 2017, Lefty O’Doul’s owner Nick Bovis and his companies filed a lawsuit against Jon Handlery, Handlery Hotels, and their press agents, Sam Singer and Singer Associates, in San Francisco Federal Court over the ownership of the name Lefty O’Doul’s. The lawsuit alleges that the Handlery and Singer Defendants are infringing, diluting and attempting to take the trademarks owned by Bovis, including the name and mark “LEFTY O’DOUL’S” and “LEFTY’S.”

On Friday, Handlery and Singer agreed to a Court Ordered Stipulation that they would not use or license the trademarks “LEFTY O’DOUL’S,” “LEFTY’S,” or any similar name or mark, for the duration of the Federal case. This is a major victory for Bovis as Handlery, through Singer, claimed “Lefty’s will reopen under new and improved management in the same location at 333 Geary as part of the Handlery Hotel family of properties.”

Bovis was delighted with the Court Order and Stipulation where Handlery and Singer now acknowledge that while the lawsuit by Lefty’s is pending, they will not attempt to use any of his trademarks. “They even agreed and were ordered to cover up the signs,” said Bovis. 

Joseph Cotchett, one of the attorneys for the Bovis family, described this as “a very important victory” for Nick Bovis and his companies. “Despite all of the public statements made by Handlery and Singer, they clearly see where this battle is going,” Cotchett said. JGX, Inc. et al. v. Jon Handlery, et al., United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Case No. 3:17-cv-00287.

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