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Georgia Lottery wins ruling in $5 million trademark dispute

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The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled against two men who sought $5 million in damages from the Georgia Lottery Corporation in a lawsuit over the "MONEYBAGS$" logo.

The suit was filed by George Kyle, who obtained a registered trademark for the "MONEYBAG$" logo and game in 1995, and Frank Mankovitch, whom Kyle had been given the exclusive right to market the game. The logo consisted of a velvet pouch containing wooden tiles.

From 1999 to 2002, the Georgia Lottery obtained approval to use Kyle's trademark for use in games, including scratch-off tickets. In 2005 and 2007, however, Scientific Games, which prints the tickets for the Georgia Lottery, did not seek Kyle's permission to use the logo again, the court's ruling said.

The Georgia Lottery went ahead with the game and grossed profits of $2.4 million in 2005 and $2.6 million in 2007. Kyle and Mankovitch filed a trademark infringement suit to get those profits.

But in a 4-3 ruling, the state Supreme Court on Monday said the Georgia Lottery is shielded from liability by sovereign immunity. The court also said that Kyle and Mankovitch had failed to legally establish trademark rights for their logo.

AJC

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rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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Posted: November 21, 2011, 1:38 pm - IP Logged

"...the state Supreme Court on Monday said the Georgia Lottery is shielded from liability by sovereign immunity."

There's a precedent for ya, "sovereign immunity."

Looks like the state can pretty much do whatever the hell they want from now on.


                                             
                     
                                         

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   

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    Posted: November 21, 2011, 1:43 pm - IP Logged

    I want to say something but I might get in trouble.

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      Posted: November 21, 2011, 1:44 pm - IP Logged

      Happy Thanksgiving !!!!!!    Turkey

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        Posted: November 21, 2011, 1:47 pm - IP Logged

        Happy Thanksgiving !  US Flag Clinging to my Constitution, Guns & Religion !

        Well, I'm from Pennsylvania & I guess I probably lost the winning ticket ............... Crazy

          rdgrnr's avatar - walt
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          Posted: November 21, 2011, 1:49 pm - IP Logged

          Happy Thanksgiving !!!!!!    Turkey

          Happy Thanksgiving, TTL!


                                                       
                               
                                                   

           

           

           

           

                                                                                                             

          "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

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            Posted: November 21, 2011, 3:57 pm - IP Logged

            "...the state Supreme Court on Monday said the Georgia Lottery is shielded from liability by sovereign immunity."

            There's a precedent for ya, "sovereign immunity."

            Looks like the state can pretty much do whatever the hell they want from now on.

            "Sovereign Immunity" I don't like that word.

            Last time I checked, the only person shielded by "Sovereign Immunity" was God and dead people.Confused

              RJOh's avatar - chipmunk
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              Posted: November 21, 2011, 4:26 pm - IP Logged

              Sounds like Georgia has no respect for Americans intellectual property same as China.

               * you don't need to buy more tickets, just buy a winning ticket * 
                 
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                Posted: November 21, 2011, 4:30 pm - IP Logged

                "...the state Supreme Court on Monday said the Georgia Lottery is shielded from liability by sovereign immunity."

                There's a precedent for ya, "sovereign immunity."

                Looks like the state can pretty much do whatever the hell they want from now on.

                      I Agree!     PSYKOMO would quote Mel Fisher   "TODAY's the DAY" 

                         when I first started to post on Lottery Post.  L@@K at some of my ole

                      post anddddddddddddddddddduuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuwillseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

                         After many post by psykomoooooooooooooooooooooo using Mel's "quote"

                         the  Georgia Lottery put TODAY's the DAY on their commercial's and still

                         use this "phrase" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                      THIS PROVED 2ME the Georgia Lottery reads & read and still

                         checks out the action here on THE LOTTERY POST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                ThudJack-in-the-BoxThud

                  ChaosX's avatar - dnf
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                  Posted: November 21, 2011, 4:38 pm - IP Logged

                  I had to look up sovereign immunity.  It's only meant to be applied to States and the Federal Gov't as far as I can tell. (Tribes as well)

                  "If you really want something in this life you have to work for it. Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers." - Homer J. Simpson

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                    Posted: November 21, 2011, 5:27 pm - IP Logged

                    What's the point of having Trademark laws if the courts are going to rule against you?

                      JAP69's avatar - alas
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                      Posted: November 21, 2011, 5:52 pm - IP Logged

                      Heres to Ga lottery. BOOOOOOOOOH,BOOOOOOOOOH,BOOOOOOOOOH,BOOOOOOOOOH

                      MAGA

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                        Posted: November 21, 2011, 5:56 pm - IP Logged

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                        May just come a day when you could get in trouble for sying that.

                        Happy Thanksgiving TnTicketlosers.

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                          Posted: November 21, 2011, 7:33 pm - IP Logged

                          "...the state Supreme Court on Monday said the Georgia Lottery is shielded from liability by sovereign immunity."

                          There's a precedent for ya, "sovereign immunity."

                          Looks like the state can pretty much do whatever the hell they want from now on.

                          it sounds like something that a king would say, like maybe King George of England and or Henry VIII of England.

                          Governments and monarchies are well known for being rotten.

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                            Tenaj's avatar - michellea
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                            Posted: November 21, 2011, 9:29 pm - IP Logged

                            Type"The court also said that Kyle and Mankovitch had failed to legally establish trademark rights for their logo."

                            Not taking sides with the state but with this against them too didn't help

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