Master chef files suit over use of Ruggles Green mark

By Philip Gonzales | Jan 17, 2018

HOUSTON – A Houston master chef seeks to nullify the terms of an agreement over the use of a trademark.

Bruce Molzan filed a complaint on Dec. 27, 2017, in the Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas against Bellagreen Holdings LLC, Bellagreen Texas LLC, et al. alleging that they violated the Lanham Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he is the exclusive owner of the Ruggles Green trademark and defendants are licensed to use the same mark. He alleges the defendants have ignored and mischaracterized the terms of the Ruggles Green trademark license and seeks to nullify the agreement so the plaintiff can resume the use of the mark for restaurant services.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks an order repudiating Ruggles Green trademark license, enjoining defendants from copying recipes in his recipe book, attorneys’ fees, costs and expenses and such other just and proper relief. He is represented by Karen B. Tripp of Knobloch & Tripp PLLC in Houston.

Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas case number 4:17-cv-03898

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