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LA Court Rules Company That Produces Peaky Blinders TV Series Cannot Block Maker Of Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey From Using Its Name For Now

Published on Jun 1 2021 11:42 AM in Drinks tagged: Trending Posts / Peaky Blinders / Peaky Blinder / Caryn Mandabach Productions / Sadler's Brewhouse / Halewood

LA Court Rules Company That Produces Peaky Blinders TV Series Cannot Block Maker Of Peaky Blinder Irish Whiskey From Using Its Name For Now

A Los Angeles court has reportedly ruled that the company that produces UK TV series Peaky Blinders cannot block the maker of a similarly named Irish whiskey brand from using its name for now.

According to The Irish Independent, US District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall rejected Caryn Mandabach Productions' application for a preliminary injunction against the owner of the Peaky Blinder Irish whiskey brand, Sadler's Brewhouse.

Marshall reportedly ruled that Caryn Mandabach did not show that it owns a protectable trademark in the name, that Sadler's Brewhouse's products are likely to cause confusion, or that the alleged confusion could cause Caryn Mandabach irreparable harm.

Sadler's Brewhouse Owner Spokesperson Statement

The Irish Independent quotes a spokesperson for UK alcohol group Halewood, which owns Sadler's Brewhouse and was a co-defendant in the case, as saying, "We are pleased with the decision, and Halewood will continue to vigorously defend and protect its brand rights."

Additional Case Information

As reported by The Irish Independent, according to a report in Reuters, Caryn Mandabach sued Sadler's Brewhouse for trademark infringement in November of 2020, alleging that Sadler's Brewhouse's Peaky Blinder whiskey, gin, rum and dark beer products are likely to cause confusion with the Peaky Blinders TV series.

Sadler's Brewhouse previously said that it used the name Peaky Blinder because of its historical connections to the Peaky Blinders gang, after which the TV series is also named.

Marshall reportedly found that Caryn Mandabach did not prove that it has a protectable interest in its unregistered trademarks partly because its use of the name Peaky Blinders is "likely descriptive or suggestive of a television show".

Exploring Setting Up Its Own Distillery

Sadler's Brewhouse and Halewood source the liquid for the Peaky Blinder Irish whiskey brand from Great Northern Distillery.

According to The Irish Independent, Halewood's spokesperson said that the company is continuing to explore setting its own distillery up in Ireland.

The Irish Independent quotes the spokesperson as saying, "We're pleased with the performance of the Sadler's Peaky Blinder brand, which is growing not only in Ireland and the UK, but sales are also growing in many other countries such as Russia, Netherlands, France, Bulgaria, Germany and others."

Declined To Comment

According to The Irish Independent, a Caryn Mandabach spokesperson declined to comment.

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