Oh No, See Why Owner Of Sweetie Pie’s Just Slapped SON With LAWSUIT
Reality TV star (and former Ikette from Ike & Tina Turner’s band), Ms. Robbie, owner of Sweetie Pie’s restaurant, has just filed a lawsuit against her son, James Norman, who is also a reality star from their show on Oprah’s Own Network, “Sweetie Pies.” We hate to see this happening with such a seemingly loving family, but sometimes there is no way around family drama…many of us have it. See why Ms. Robbie’s suing…
MS. ROBBIE'S LAWSUIT AGAINST SON DETAILED IN FULL
The suit said Norman withdrew “substantial sums of money” from the accounts and used them to open and operate restaurants in North Hollywood, California; Berkeley and Florissant. It also said Norman has refused to return the money.
The suit accuses Norman of violating Sweetie Pie’s trademarks. “Authorized” Sweetie Pie’s locations are located in The Grove and in Dellwood, according to the suit, but TJ’s Sweetie Pie’s Noho (North Hollywood, California), TJ’s Sweetie Pie’s Airport (Berkeley) and Sweetie Pie’s Kitchen (Florissant) are not authorized. Montgomery’s first restaurant, in Dellwood, opened in 1996, and recently reopened. A listed phone number for The Grove restaurant was disconnected Wednesday.
The suit said Norman’s misuse of Sweetie Pie’s marks, registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2006, impairs Montgomery’s ability to operate her restaurants in the St. Louis area and to open any restaurants in the Los Angeles area.
The suit said that because Montgomery and Norman were featured as family members on "Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s," an Oprah Winfrey Network reality TV show, there is a further chance of “causing confusion in the market place.”NORMAN'S OTHER RESTAURANTS ARE GETTING BAD REVIEWS
The suit cited negative online reviews for Norman’s restaurants as having damaged the perception of Montgomery’s.
“‘[Defendant Norman] is gonna ruin his mommas reputation and her business if he doesn’t slow down and recalibrate,’” one review of the California restaurant said, according to the suit.
It seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting Norman and two of his entities, Sweetie Pies Hollywood LLC and Sweetie Pies Kitchen LLC, from continuing to use the Sweetie Pie’s marks. The suit, which alleges violations on seven civil counts, also seeks a variety of monetary damages and requests that the infringing domain names be transferred to Sweetie Pie’s or canceled.
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