Thursday, December 07, 2006

To Parody or Piss on

A Las Vegas company called Haute Diggity Dog markets pet toys and trinkets, parodying famous brands in the process. Among the line of products at Haute Diggity is “Sniffany & Co., Chewnel #5” and “Jimmy Chew.” Now a judge has ruled that the company can also keep producing Chewy Vuiton dog beds and chew toys, despite a complaint by Louis Vuitton Malletier, also known as LVM. In his ruling, the judge—apparently a dog lover, or at least someone with a good sense of humor—noted, “This dog of a case gave the court a great amount of facts to chew upon and applicable law to sniff out. Nonetheless, having thoroughly gnawed through the record, this Court finds that no material dispute of the fact remains…” Looks like LVM was barking up the wrong tree!

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