Irby v. Thompson, No. 05 Civ. 9935, NYLJ 6/5/09 "Decision of Interest" (S.D.N.Y. May 29, 2009) (Swain, J.)
Action arists out of the alleged use and dilution of the mark "Hi-Five" by defendants via the production, marketing, and distribution of recordings under the "Hi-Five" name without the consent of former "Hi-Five" bank members (plaintiffs). Plaintiff's second motion for summary judgment denied.
Dilution, 15 U.S.C. 1125(c). Dispute as to whether the mark "Hi-Five" is famous. Plaintiffs provided no evidentiary proffers to establish the mark's fame other than information contained in documents purporting to be pritntouts from the website of the RIAA, for which plaintiffs failed to proffer the necessary foundational support and authentication pursuant to Fed. R. Evid., Art. VIII. Therefore, plaintiffs failed to carry their burden of demonstrating that the "Hi-Five" mark is famous as a matter of law. (The Court expressly decided, fn. 6, that the purported RIAA records were not subject to judicial notice pursuantt o Rule 201 of the Fed. R. of Evid.)
Failure to Prosecute, Fed. R. Civ. P. 41. The Court directed plaintiffs to "show cause" as to why Plaintiffs' claims against all defendants other than a media marketing and distribution business (that allegedly marketed and distributed the recordings in question) should not be dismissed for failure to prosecute.
Summary Judgment. In denying Plaintiffs' second motion for summary judgment, the court held that "No further dispositive pre-trial motions will be entertained."
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