LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles County substance abuse treatment facility alleges a similar facility is using its trademark.

Cliffside Malibu filed a complaint on Sept. 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Christopher J. Bathum, Community Recovery and Commonwealth Global alleging false designation of origin, dilution of trademark and counterfeiting of trademark.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that it suffered damages to its business as the result of its mark being used by the defendants. The plaintiff holds Bathum, Community Recovery and Commonwealth Global responsible because the defendants allegedly used plaintiff's mark with the intent to cause confusion to the public through the use of a GoogleAd using the plaintiff's mark but linking to the defendants' site.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks damages no less than $1 million, prevent the defendant from using plaintiff's mark, statutory damages, all legal fees and interest plus any other relief as the court deems just. It is represented by Amy Duncan of Cliffside Malibu in Malibu.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:16-cv-07312-RGK-JPR

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