SAN FRANCISCO – A Campbell automotive business owner is being accused of infringing on a brand's trademarks.
Bridgestone Brands LLC and Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC filed a complaint on Feb. 23 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Hassan Dastgah, a business owner, citing copyright infringement and unfair competition.
According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that they were damaged due to the defendant's use of the plaintiffs' mark without permission. Customers were allegedly complaining about how poor the product and service was because of the defendant's business practices. The plaintiff hold Hassan Dastgah responsible because the defendant allegedly used the plaintiffs' mark in selling its products to consumers, despite being rejected twice when the defendant applied to become an authorized dealer for the plaintiffs. Dastgah allegedly also holds his store as a genuine Firestone store to customers.
The plaintiff seeks the following: damages of at least $4 million, an injunction of the defendant from using plaintiffs' mark, pay plaintiffs all profits arising from the foregoing acts, legal fees and any other relief the court deems just and proper. They are represented by Robert F. McCauley and Morgan E. Smith of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP in Palo Alto and by Douglas A. Rettew of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP in Washington, D.C.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 5:16-cv-00906