LOS ANGELES – A car club president alleges the name of his club is being used on apparel and in advertisements without his consent.
Daniel Gonzales, doing business as Originals Car Club of ELA, filed a complaint on Dec. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Henry Mendez and Does 1 through 100 alleging trademark infringement, unfair competition and other counts.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he registered the mark Originals Car Club of ELA with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2012 and that the defendant is using the Originals East L.A. Car Club mark. The plaintiff holds Henry Mendez and Does 1 through 100 responsible because the defendant allegedly used plaintiff's Originals mark on automobiles, apparel, advertisements and more without authorization.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks enjoin the defendant, all damages, all profits, deliver up for destruction all infringing materials, all legal fees and any other relief as the court deems just. He is represented by Aldo A. Flores of Flores Law, APLC in Chino.
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case number 2:16-cv-09246-FMO-JC