Steelers, foundation say 'terrible T-shirt' violates trademarks

| Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011

The Steelers and the Allegheny Valley School Foundation filed a federal lawsuit on Monday claiming that a South Park company violated their trademarks by printing "the terrible T-shirt."

Eugene Berry Enterprise LLC filed for a trademark on the T-shirt in May, according to Patent Office records.

The foundation, which holds the patents on The Terrible Towel and related products, notified the company in June that it would oppose the patent, the lawsuit says. Despite that notice, Eugene Berry Enterprise had the T-shirts printed and commenced selling them, according to the lawsuit.

The trademarks benefit the Allegheny Valley School, a charitable corporation that provides services for about 900 Pennsylvanians with intellectual or developmental disabilities.

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