FanX ordered to pay San Diego Comic-Con's $4 million legal fees for trademark lawsuit

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  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Aug. 25, 2018 10:54 p.m.

    Utahn'ss haven't figured out how legal things really work outside of the Utah bubble. Utah justice, dominated by BYU grads, is fine for Utah. However, when companies that get favorable rulings by Utah courts, like Clear Play, Vid Angel and now FanX, have to play by the same rules as the other 49 States, they lose in court. Doesn't matter if it's CA, CO, NV or TX. They always lose. That's why it's so frustrating, and expensive, to watch our Legislature continue to pass unconstitutional laws that always get overturned in higher courts.

  • PP Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 25, 2018 2:15 p.m.

    @clos75 - here is what the SLC Comic Con owner had to say about the car.

    "In hindsight, we would not have taken the car down to San Diego. For that we apologize to San Diego Comic Con. They are a great event with great people."

    In the real world that would have been sufficient for all parties. In the lawyers world that needs a 4 million dollar band-aid. I know which world I would rather live in and it's not the one that the SDCC owners chose to live in. They have the biggest comic con event in the country, they are making millions yet they feel the need to sue over the phrase Comic-Con. 140 other comic-cons have used the phrase for years.

    Well, SDCC took the chance and sued - and they lost on every single count they were suing over except infringement, which carried a $20k fine. SDCC wanted a 12 million dollar American dream settlement, and now they want someone else to pay for the bad decision they made to sue. Pathetic.

    I doubt SaDCC will ultimately prevail since a San Diego jury barely found that infringement was happening and tossed out all other counts. It will just take the other conventions banding together against the scum and villainy that run SDCC.

  • PP Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 25, 2018 11:49 a.m.

    ---"Accept the court's decision. After all, doesn't the Church teach you to obey the laws of the land?"

    Not only is this comment wrong but it's intentionally offensive, just like the fake missionaries as SDSU basketball games. It's a very bigoted thing to say. The only reason to say it is to insult someone.

    Judges rulings are not "the law of the land", they are opinions based on the judges interpretation of the law - this one especially is based on opinion. The ruling based on law had already been determined. There was no law used by this leftist judge to determine that he didn't like the SLC Comic Con lawyers - just his opinion. He decided that his opinion of the SLC Comic Con lawyers was worth 4 million dollars. The law suit never had to happen at all. SD Comic Con was the litigating party and they won their case in a jury trial. The jury found minimal evidence of malfeasance by SLC Comic Con. This judges opinion (not law) was apparently different and he decided to abuse his authority.

    The Church says follow the law. They don't say pretend the legal system doesn't exist. The appeals process is part of the legal system. But you knew that already.

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    Aug. 25, 2018 8:51 a.m.

    Certainly the judge isn't ever going to mandate legal fees be reduced. Attorney's just drain society of resources and reduce people to poverty. I'm amazed at what they charge for even basic things, like helping file necessary papers in an uncontested estate settlement. The Book of Mormon is spot on when it comes to describing lawyers and corrupt judges.

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    Aug. 25, 2018 8:16 a.m.

    Still trying to figure out why they allowed a jury trial in San Diego. If the trial had been held in Utah, I am pretty sure the verdict would have been different. The trial should had been held in a neutral city, Would we hold a trial in Vail Colorado about who has the greatest snow on earth? Or in Hawaii about who has the best beaches?

  • clos75 Anaheim, CA
    Aug. 25, 2018 6:29 a.m.

    Don't blame California for the decision. It was FANX who chose to taunt SDCC by showing up there and driving around SD with that car. No other convention has done that.

    Accept the court's decision. After all, doesn't the Church teach you to obey the laws of the land?

  • Terry Sandy, UT
    Aug. 25, 2018 1:33 a.m.

    The crazy thing is they allowed other comic conventions to use comic con in their name for decades but decided to single out Salt Lake because our convention got so big so fast it started to rival San Diego as one of the biggest in the nation and they just couldn't have that! Seems like they set a legal presidence of allowing it elsewhere for an extended period and should not have won anything, especially since the name is descriptive of what the event offers and is not easily confused between the two separate events.

  • PP Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 24, 2018 10:19 p.m.

    For the record, Judge Anthony Battaglia was born and raised in San Diego and is an Obama appointee . Who else but a liberal activist judge would multiply a jury ruling by 189 times after settlement and think it's reasonable. Being from San Diego is a minor reason he should recuse himself, but given the nature of his ludicrous judgement I would bet there is more here than meets the eye.

    None of these issues seemed to be concerning at the first trial or they would have been noted. Have any of the lawyers here ever heard of a judge basically overturning the prior settlement because he didn't like the defense lawyers strategy? Is being a bad lawyer a multi million dollar fine now? I don't think the plaintiff usually gets legal fees unless the case is egregious or the defendant fails to perform. Neither were true in this case.

    "Something"-con is ubiquitous in our world, and common words or phrases can't be trademarked. The only thing that should be trademark-able is "San Diego Comic-Con International" in it's full form. Are they going to sue International hotels next? How about the San Diego CONvention center?

    I always wanted to go to SD Comic-Con, but not now.

  • Selznik Saint George, UT
    Aug. 24, 2018 10:07 p.m.

    John Charity Spring - I’m curious. Can you detail the other cases of “a Cslifornia entity bullying a Utag one?”

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Aug. 24, 2018 8:01 p.m.

    This seems like another case of a California entity bullying a Utah one. Why should Comic Con be exclusive to California?

    But maybe this is a blessing in disguise. These sort of conventions are not as positive as they claim to be. How can they be, given their source material.

    So give San Diego it’s $4 million, along with the scantily clad superheros. This sort of thing was never consistent with Utah values anyway.

  • Foxtrot Mountain View, CA
    Aug. 24, 2018 7:54 p.m.

    Ah no. There was a complete infringement. The SL version should get sued. Not even a question.

  • Thomas Paine South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 24, 2018 6:49 p.m.

    Wow! Not only was San Diego CC lawsuit very wrong, now they get legal fees... Wow!