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Hunter Mountain suing local inn, alleging trademark infringement

Jan 11, 2022 5:45 am

Andrea Macko is reporting for Porcupine Soup that Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl has taken legal action alleging trademark infringement, against the Mountain Creek Inn, which is also known as Hunter Mountain Resort. The matter was filed in December in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York against the resort, located on Route 23A in Hunter, and its owner Valentina Glebova. The ski resort alleges the defendants “provide low-budget and inferior lodging services comprised of a few small cabins” and “are offering such services under a name and sign that are virtually identical to the Hunter Mountain marks.” Hunter Mountain accuses the business of deliberately setting out to lead consumers into believing the inn is affiliated or associated with the ski resort, citing its use of a "confusingly similar" design mark on the inn's sign. According to court papers, the defendants failed to respond to two cease and desist letters sent in July and August of 2020. “Over the last year, there have been numerous instances of people arriving at plaintiff’s Hunter Mountain lodgings believing that they have reserved accommodations with plaintiff when in fact they have reserved accommodations for defendants’ facilities,” the lawsuit alleges. Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl opened in January 1960 and is now part of the Colorado-based Vail Resorts network. It is looking to recover damages, profits, as well as costs, attorneys’ fees and more, according to the complaint. Hunter Mountain Ski Bowl is represented by the Davis+Gilbert firm of New York City. Read the full story at porcupinesoup [dot] com.