Blue Sphere, Inc. v. Swift, Case No. SACV 14-00782-CJC (C.D. Cal. Sep. 17, 2014).
The Court denied country-star Taylor Swift's motion to dismiss plaintiff's trademark infringement and dilution case. Defendants contended that Plaintiffs had failed to show a likelihood of confusion. The Court found that while it is possible that Plaintiffs may not be able to present sufficient evidence to survive a summary judgment motion, they had plausibly alleged facts to survive a motion to dismiss. Plaintiffs alleged that they own the mark LUCKY 13, and further alleged that the Defendants’ use of the identical LUCKY 13 mark in connection with the sale of t-shirts online and through the online promotion of a “Lucky 13 Sweepstakes” is likely to cause confusion. The Court also found that Plaintiffs sufficiently alleged that the mark is famous so that the dilution claim survived.