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‘Bad Spaniels’ Dog Toy Gets Supreme Court Review as Jack Daniels Claims Infringement

  • Supreme Court will hear appeal over ‘Bad Spaniels’ chew toy
  • Whiskey maker appeals ruling that ‘guts’ protection of brand
Jack Daniels Whiskey bottle and the dog toy
Source: US Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court agreed to consider reviving a trademark lawsuit over a chewable dog toy designed to mimic the iconic Jack Daniel’s whiskey bottle.

The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc., a Brown-Forman Corp. unit that makes the country’s best-selling whiskey. The company says its trademarks are being infringed by a bottle-shaped toy that bears the label “Bad Spaniels” and includes jokes about dogs pooping on the carpet.