PrepareMe America, LLC v. Survival Prep Warehouse, LLC et al

Filing 49

MINUTE ORDER denying plaintiff's 33 Motion for Temporary Restraining Order; This ruling does not affect plaintiff's motion for preliminary injunction, dkt. 33 , which remains noted for 11/17/2017. Authorized by Judge Thomas S. Zilly. (SWT)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 6 7 PREPAREME AMERICA LLC, 8 9 10 Plaintiff, v. SURVIVAL PREP WAREHOUSE, LLC, et al., Defendants, 11 C17-359 TSZ MINUTE ORDER v. 12 CHAD E. ALLEN, Third-Party Defendant. 13 14 15 The following Minute Order is made by direction of the Court, the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, United States District Judge: (1) Plaintiff’s motion for temporary restraining order (“TRO”), docket no. 33, 16 is DENIED. This ruling does not affect plaintiff’s motion for a preliminary injunction, docket no. 33, which remains noted for November 17, 2017. On the current record, 17 which presents disputed questions of fact, see Gen. Elec. Co. v. Am. Wholesale Co., 235 F.2d 606, 608-09 (7th Cir. 1956) (cited with approval in Dymo Indus., Inc. v. 18 Tapeprinter, Inc., 326 F.2d 141, 143 (9th Cir. 1964)), the Court cannot conclude that plaintiff has shown a likelihood of success on the merits of its currently pleaded 19 trademark infringement claim. See Winter v. Natural Res. Def. Council, Inc., 555 U.S. 7, 20 (2008); see Stuhlbarg Int’l Sales Co. v. John D. Brush & Co., 240 F.3d 832, 839 n.7 20 (9th Cir. 2001) (the standards for a TRO and a preliminary injunction are equivalent). The Court also cannot conclude that plaintiff has satisfied the Ninth Circuit’s alternative 21 “sliding scale” standard, which requires “serious questions going to the merits” and a balance of hardships tipping “sharply” in the movant’s favor. Alliance for the Wild 22 Rockies v. Cottrell, 632 F.3d 1127, 1131-35 (9th Cir. 2011). Plaintiff asserts that 23 MINUTE ORDER - 1 1 defendants are using Amazon Standard Identification Numbers (“ASINs”) associated with plaintiff’s products and/or federally registered trademark PERFECT SURVIVAL 2 KIT. Defendants contend that the ASINs at issue relate to generic, unbranded products, and they deny that the ASINs are linked specifically to plaintiff’s products. The Court 3 need not resolve this factual dispute because, even if plaintiff’s allegations were true, they would not demonstrate trademark infringement. Plaintiff does not claim that 4 defendants call their product a PERFECT SURVIVAL KIT, advertise their product in such fashion, place such brand on their product, or otherwise use the mark (as opposed to 5 ASINs, which are not themselves protected under the Lanham Act) in a manner “likely to cause consumer confusion.” See Network Automation, Inc. v. Advanced Sys. Concept, 6 Inc., 638 F.3d 1137, 1144 (9th Cir. 2011). 7 8 (2) record. The Clerk is directed to send a copy of this Minute Order to all counsel of Dated this 7th day of November, 2017. 9 William M. McCool Clerk 10 s/Karen Dews Deputy Clerk 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 MINUTE ORDER - 2

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