Michael Abella Aug. 4, 2016, 12:49pm


NEW ORLEANS — A Prairieville barbecue restaurant is suing a New Orleans competitor, alleging trademark infringement and unfair competition.

VooDoo BBQ filed a lawsuit July 20 in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Nola Foods LLC, doing business as Whoodoo BBQ, and Demietriek Scott, alleging violation of the Lanham Act.

According to the complaint, VooDoo BBQ has been deprived of the absolute right to control the quality of the VooDoo BBQ trademarks and will continue to suffer serious and irreparable financial injury unless the defendant is restrained by the court. 

The plaintiff alleges the defendants sold, marketed and advertised its goods and services using the Whoodoo BBQ name, which infringes on VooDoo BBQ's trademarks. The suit says Whoodoo and Scott refuse to stop using confusingly similar designations to sell and promote its products and services.

VooDoo BBQ seeks a trial by jury, cancellation of the Whoodoo registered trademark, damages resulting from its infringing goods and services, costs, expenses and attorney fees, plus such relief as the court deems appropriate. It is represented by attorneys Gregory D. Latham, Kent Barnett and Stephen Kepper of Intellectual Property Consulting LLC in New Orleans.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Case number 2:16-cv-12991

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