Champagne, Blawgletter hears, comes only from France. Nor may it hail from just any old spot within the domain of Marianne. Non! Absolument pas! It must originate from — certainement! – either of two splotches in the northeast.
Which may help explain why the Gallic maker of "Cristal" Champagne sued a Spanish wine-maker for calling its Cava — also a sparkling white wine – "Cristalano".
[It does not shed light on why Champagne Louis Roderer filed suit in the great non-wine-making state of Minnesota.]
The district court granted summary judgment for the Spaniards on the ground of laches. CLR, the court held, waited too long after learning about Cristalano to enforce CLR's Cristal-clear trademark rights.
The Eighth Circuit reversed. It concluded that, au contraire, CLR failed to establish its laches defense. Champagne Louis Roderer v. J. Garcia Carrion, S.A., No. 08-2907 (8th Cir. June 24, 2009).
Contrast the result with "D.C. Circuit Revives "Redskins" Trademarks; Laches v. Estoppel".