New York steakhouse sues Pennsylvania eatery on the name

SCRANTON, Pa. – A New York City steakhouse is suing Pennsylvania eatery for trademark infringement.

Peter Luger Inc. a lawsuit last week against Scranton Carl von Luger Steak & Seafood restaurant.

The lawsuit says the owner of the Scranton restaurant, Robert Dickert, once worked at Peter Luger steakhouse in Brooklyn, which was founded in 1887.

Dickert opened the Scranton restaurant in 2011, but the lawsuit claims the restaurant brands itself as “a centuries-old family tradition” and uses the phrase “since 1887.”

The suit calls it “a blatant attempt” to trade on Peter Luger ‘ s “famous brands and real reputation.”

The complaint wants unspecified damages and a judgment of the ban on the use of the Carl von Luger name.

A woman who answered the phone Monday at Carl von Luger said Dickert was no comment.

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