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9th Circuit Panel Rules Coffee Company Infringed Bob Marley


A Nevada coffee company must pay the children of late reggae giant Bob Marley nearly $2.5 million in damages for trademark infringement, a Ninth Circuit panel has ruled.

In an unsigned memorandum, the court’s three-judge panel unanimously affirmed a series of 2017 rulings in favor of 56 Hope Road Companies – the business entity Marley’s children formed to acquire and exploit the singer’s assets, rights and commercial interests – that Jammin Java Corporation violated a licensing agreement to sell coffee under the Marley trademark.

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