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May 24th

A$AP Ferg

Joy, 9p.m.

Harlem hip-hop Always Strives & Prospers

 

Dinner with a Curator

WW II Museum, 6:30p.m.

Besh food & Russo-Japanese War talk

 

Gregory Agid

Maison, 6:30p.m.

Clarinetist makes standards new again, weekly

 

Rebirth

Maple Leaf, 11p.m.

Grammy winning brass kings, weekly

 

Stanton Moore Trio

Snug Harbor, 8p.m.

Galactic drummer’s side project

Mercredi

May 25th

Wednesday at the Square

Lafayette Square, 6p.m.

Mia Borders plays popular outdoor series

 

Marisa Anderson

Siberia, 9p.m.

Guitar virtuoso rooted in Americana

 

Tin Men

d.b.a., 7p.m.

The world’s premiere washboard-sousaphone-guitar trio, weekly

 

Treme Brass Band

Candlelight Lounge, 9p.m.

See the legendary band on their home turf, weekly

 

Major Bacon

Banks Street Bar, 10p.m.

Blues rock in Midcity—come early for BLTs, weekly

 

New Breed Brass Band

Blue Nile, 11p.m.

Trombone Shorty proteges play funky takes on classics, weekly


Monster Lawsuit

Godzilla Creator Sues NOLA Brewing Over 'Mechahopzilla' Name



Godzilla has never apologized for preying on the micro, and the movie monster's creator apparently follows the same tenet.

 

Toho Co., which created the monster and owns the trademark to Godzilla and Mechagodzilla, among other destruction-inclined beasts, filed suit Friday against NOLA Brewing for trademark infringement. In a complaint filed in federal court, the Japanese company claims NOLA Brewing's Mechahopzilla improperly copies the image of Mechagodzilla, and improperly uses the name based on mechagodzilla.

 

Toho Co. argues that the monster shown on Mechahopzilla cans and tap handles is "virtually identical" to Mechagodzilla. The company argues that the creatures are both "large, two-footed creature with a powerful swooping tail and robot-like appearance." Throughout the complaint, the company uses multiple pictures of Mechagodzilla and NOLA Brewing packaging to illustrate its point.

 

In the Godzilla film series, Mechagodzilla is the robot nemesis of Godzilla, appearing in such films as Godzilla v. Mechagodzilla and Godzilla X Mothra X Mechagodzilla. The suit demands that NOLA Brewing cease and desist using the name, and seeks relief for federal trademark infringement, as well as creating confusion in the marketplace. Toho also requests that NOLA Brewing's trademark application be denied.

 

NOLA Brewing released mechahopzilla in late summer 2012. The imperial IPA is 8.8 percent alcohol by volume, and packs a pontent, hop-fueled flavor. The beer is part of the Tchoupitoulas Street brewery's imperial series.

 

NOLA Brewing President Kirk Coco told NoDef that the company has yet to be served with papers about the lawsuit.
 

After checking the U.S. trademark office and seeing that the Mechahopzilla name was not already taken, Coco said his company filed to secure the name for the beer as soon as it was released.

 

"We did everything exactly legally how you're supposed to do it," he said.

 

The trademark office has yet to rule on NOLA Brewing's Mechahopzilla
application, and Coco thought it curious that the Godzilla creators would
file suit before that decision came down.

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