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Citigroup fails to halt AT&T use of ‘thanks’

Posted by: Admin | Posted on: August 11th, 2016 | 0 Comments

NEW YORK A federal judge on Thursday rejected Citigroup Inc’s (C.N) bid for a preliminary injunction halting ATT Inc (T.N) from using the phrase “ATT thanks” on a customer loyalty program, which the bank said was too similar to its trademarked “thankyou.”

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said Citigroup had not shown it would suffer irreparable harm if ATT continued using “ATT thanks” while the litigation continued.

She also said ATT provided solid evidence that forcing it to stop saying “ATT thanks” would cause an “expensive and significant disruption.”

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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