Chief Marketing Officer
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Homes & Land Affiliates, LLC v. Homes & Loans Magazine, LLC,
Robert Klezmer, William Keeler
Tallahassee, FL (February 27, 2009) – Homes & Land Affiliates, LLC successfully enforced its trademark rights to “Homes & Land” in a recent infringement case against “Homes & Loans Magazine.” Homes & Land asserted the use of the name “Homes & Loans” was confusingly similar to its registered trademarks. Over the last 36 years, Homes & Land has perfected real estate marketing through its high quality magazines and its website, HomesAndLand.com , offering “a total marketing solution” to real estate professionals throughout North America and Canada. Homes & Loans also published a magazine featuring home listings and mortgage lender advertisements throughout the United States.
United States District Court Judge John Antoon, II, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division, ruled that the defendants William Keeler, Robert Klezmer and Homes & Loans Magazine, LLC infringed upon the rights of Homes & Land, placing great weight upon Homes & Land’s longstanding use of its trademark name. Homes & Land, with its corporate offices in Tallahassee, FL, has been using the trademark for over thirty-six (36) years. The Court entered an injunction against the Defendants prohibiting use of the name Homes & Loans.
“We are extremely happy with the outcome and Judge Antoon’s thoughtful and thorough opinion,” said Terry Smith, Legal Services Manager for Homes & Land. Adding, ”This was an important issue for us. Homes & Land Affiliates, LLC is committed to protecting our intellectual property rights. Our legal team did a great job of presenting our case and we couldn’t be happier with the result.”
Homes & Land was represented by Greg Allen of Jacksonville, FL and Brian Gilchrist, of Orlando, FL, both from the firm of Allen, Dyer, Doppelt, Milbrath & Gilchrist, P.A.
Homes & Land is a category leader in real estate media. For more than 35 years, Realtors® have counted on the brand to provide the most targeted distribution channel to reach active home buyers. In addition to its flagship publication, the company also publishes Home Guide magazine, Estates & Homes magazine and Rental Guide magazine. Homes & Land is a leading resource of real estate information through its online portal HomesAndLand.com . Log on 24-hours a day to gain insight and perspective into the home sales market.