News Summary: Ben & Jerry's sues over trademark

Associated Press Published: September 6, 2012
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BAD TASTE: Ben & Jerry's, the ice cream maker that introduced the flavors Schweddy Balls and Karamel Sutra, has sued the maker of "Ben & Cherry's" X-rated DVDs, saying the films have smeared its reputation.

FLAVOR THEMES: It said the claims arise from the distribution and sale of a series of raunchy DVDs featuring titles and themes based on Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors. It identified some of the X-rated names similar to its own as "Boston Cream Thigh," ''New York Fat & Chunky" and "Peanut Butter D-Cup."

CONSUMER CONFUSION: The lawsuit by the Vermont-based company said the films would likely cause "confusion, mistake or deception" regarding the company's trademarks. It is seeking unspecified damages.