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Fish Cases

MasterCard International Inc. v. Nader 2000

Litigation

Fish Cases

MasterCard International Inc. v. Nader 2000

Litigation

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Fish defeated an effort by MasterCard International to prevent Ralph Nader’s presidential campaign from continuing to run a television advertisement that parodied MasterCard’s “Priceless” ad campaign. MasterCard sued, alleging infringement and dilution of its trademarks under the Lanham Act and infringement under the Copyright Act. MasterCard had been using its $250 million “Priceless” ad campaign since 1997. Judge George B. Daniels of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York denied MasterCard’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order, finding that there was insufficient evidence that MasterCard would suffer irreparable injury if Nader used the parody as part of his presidential campaign.

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Fish defeated an effort by MasterCard International to prevent Ralph Nader’s presidential campaign from continuing to run a television advertisement that parodied MasterCard’s “Priceless” ad campaign. MasterCard sued, alleging infringement and dilution of its trademarks under the Lanham Act and infringement under the Copyright Act. MasterCard had been using its $250 million “Priceless” ad campaign since 1997. Judge George B. Daniels of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York denied MasterCard’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order, finding that there was insufficient evidence that MasterCard would suffer irreparable injury if Nader used the parody as part of his presidential campaign.