Boise, Id.-based Triple T Enterprises (“Triple T”) has settled its lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Idaho against fast-food company KFC on terms favorable to its client, announced Triple T’s counsel Robert P. Hart, co-founder and partner at intellectual property and corporate litigation firm AddyHart P.C.
Triple T owns the Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill brand and operates restaurants under the name Smoky Mountain Pizzeria Grill. Triple T owns a family of SMOKY MOUNTAIN trademarks, and its rights to these trademarks date to the establishment of its first restaurant in 1992.
In December of 2019, Triple T alleged that KFC had willfully infringed Triple T’s SMOKY MOUNTAIN trademarks, violating the U.S. Lanham Act of 1946 in having sold food products branded with the name SMOKY MOUNTAIN to customers in Idaho. KFC partner companies Grubhub and Postmates were also named in Triple T’s Complaint, for delivering KFC food labeled with Triple T’s brands and logos.
The settlement came in Triple T Enterprises v. KFC Corporation et al. 1:2019cv00511 (D. – Idaho). Plaintiff Triple T Enterprises was represented in the matter by Robert P. Hart and Meredith M. Addy of AddyHart P.C., and local counsel Scott A. Tschirgi of SAT Chartered in Boise.