SAN ANTONIO WEB SITE COUNTERSUES HEARST

By: Ellen Liburt

Defunct Newspaper’s Name Contested





by Ellen Liburt



San Antonio businessman R.G. Griffing filed a $10-million countersuit
against the San Antonio Express-News and its parent Hearst Newspaper
Partnership L.P. in federal court Aug. 18 – the same day he asked a
judge to dismiss their case against him – claiming that they are
attempting to ‘bully’ him and his wife Ruth Ellen into shutting down
their news Web site, SanAntonioLight.com.



It’s named after the daily paper Hearst closed in 1993, the San Antonio
Light, a use Hearst calls trademark infringement.



According to Griffing, ‘We know they haven’t published since ’93, so
it would be deceptive of them to pretend they are publishing a
newspaper, which we think would be grounds for abandonment [of the
trademark].’







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Staff Reports



Related story:

HEARST SUES OVER ‘LIGHT’ IN SAN ANTONIO (08/14/00)





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