A preliminary injunction did not vacate an earlier arbitration award in a long-running dispute over the trademarked family name.

In a dispute between real estate businesses over the name “Singh” and “Singh Michigan” in connection with real estate services, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has denied an appeal to block a preliminary injunction brought by a member of the family who had been dismissed from the family business but who then formed new companies that also used the trademarked family name. Arguments brought by the dismissed family member—including that the preliminary injunction was vacated by earlier arbitration award, was implicitly vacated, was barred by claim and issue preclusion, and was precluded by the law-of-the case doctrine—were all rejected (Singh Management Co., LLC v. Singh Michigan Homes, LLC, October 26, 2022, Thapar, A).

Case date: 26 October 2022
Case number: No. 21-1826
Court: United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

A full summary of this case has been published on Kluwer IP Law.


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