LOS ANGELES – A New York City club
owner alleges the name and logo of the club were unlawfully used by a hotel and leisure company.
Peter Gatien filed a complaint on March 8 in the
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., W Hotel Management Inc., Speakeasy Hospitality Group LLC and Does 1-10
alleging copyright infringement.
According to the complaint, the
plaintiff alleges that he owned and operated a nightclub in New York
City known as Tunnel from 1986 to 2001. The plaintiff holds Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Worldwide Inc., W Hotel Management Inc., Speakeasy Hospitality Group LLC
and Does 1-10 responsible because the defendants allegedly opened a
Tunnel nightclub at the W Hotel in Boston and misappropriated both the
plaintiff's club's name and logo.
The plaintiff requests a trial
by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, damages, costs,
attorneys’ fees, expenses, interest, recall and remove the infringing
materials, disgorgement of all proceeds, restitution of the moneys,
punitive damages, and further relief as the court may deem appropriate.
He is represented by Jeffrey S. Gluck of Gluck Law Firm in Los Angeles
and David Alden Erikson and S. Ryan Patterson of Erikson Law Group in
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division Case number 17-cv-01864