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Defender Picks

 

Jeudi

May 5th

Sinkhole de Mayo

Woldenburg Park, 4p.m.

Celebrate Mexico and NOLA’s crumbling infrastructure

 

Father

HOB, 9p.m.

Croatian alt-metal

 

Sister Sparrow

Howlin’ Wolf, 10p.m.

Arleigh Kincheloe’s funky soul outfit

 

Peach Kelli

Siberia, 9p.m.

Po-mo garage rocker

 

Wild Belle

Gasa Gasa, 9p.m.

Brother-sister psychedelic reggae

 

Ogden After Hours

Ogden Museum, 6-8p.m.

Amy McCarley, art, Ms. Linda

 

Crescent City Farmers Market

3700 Orleans Ave., 3p.m.-7p.m.

Midcity edition of the city's prime local market

 

Brass-A-Holics

Le Bon Temps,, 11p.m.

Go-go meets NOLA brass

Vendredi

May 6th

Katt Williams

UNO Lakefront, 8p.m.

Comedian brings his Conspiracy Theory

 

The Unnaturals

Bank St. Bar,

Beachabilly with a little swing, dress appropriately

 

Hot 8 Brass Band

d.b.a., 10p.m.

Mix of brass standards and funky covers

 

Burlesque Ballroom

Jazz Playhouse, 10p.m.

Romy Kaye & the Mercy Buckets provide soundtrack

 

The Jesse Smith Project

Maison, 10p.m.

Big brassy swamp funk


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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